This book examines the reasons why children ultimately leave home to live on their own and how the pattern has changed throughout the 20th century. The authors make use of data from the National Survey of Families and Households to: construct patterns for when children leave home; and establish the most important criteria for leaving home amongst different groups in the United States - men, women, blacks, hispanics, whites, and different religious groups and social classes.
Chapter 11: What is New in Nest-Leaving in 20th Century America?
What is New in Nest-Leaving in 20th Century America?
Our analysis has examined the transition to adulthood in the United States over the last century through the prism of leaving and returning to the parental home. How new are the emerging patterns of leaving and returning home in the 1990s? What do these patterns of nest-leaving and returning suggest about the broader range of family issues that have come to characterize the United States as the 20th century draws to a close, so many of which focus on young adults? What do these detailed analyses of the timing of nest-leaving, the routes taken, and the return to the parental home teach us about changes in the relationships ...