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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.

Who Left whom? the Effects of Childhood Family Structure
Who left whom? the effects of childhood family structure

Our first look at the links between the changes in leaving and returning home and the other “revolutions” of the 20th century focuses on changes in family structure, because this revolution is fundamental to the family itself. The growth in divorce and remarriage in the United States has increased the complexity of the homes in which young people grow up and from which they leave to establish households of their own in their transition to adulthood. Divorce deprives them of one parent in the home and normally reduces their access to the non-coresident parent. A parent's remarriage introduces a new parental figure in the household. Given the parallel ...

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