Leaving Home Before Marriage: Ethnicity, Familism, and Generational Relationships

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Traditionally, children have lived in their parents’ homes until they were married and ready to start their own families. Leaving Home before Marriage explores a step that young American adults are increasingly taking—setting up a household alone or with housemates. Frances K. Goldscheider and Calvin Goldscheider analyze this profound change as it figures in the plans of young people and their parents and in the decisions they eventually make about their living arrangements.  The Goldscheiders find that ...

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Overview

Traditionally, children have lived in their parents’ homes until they were married and ready to start their own families. Leaving Home before Marriage explores a step that young American adults are increasingly taking—setting up a household alone or with housemates. Frances K. Goldscheider and Calvin Goldscheider analyze this profound change as it figures in the plans of young people and their parents and in the decisions they eventually make about their living arrangements.  The Goldscheiders find that gender attitudes, ethnic and religious values, and generational relationships shape the path young people take to residential independence.

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People used to live with their parents until they got married; the last few decades have seen a change in that pattern (among many other changes in families), and the implications and circumstances of the new pattern are thoroughly explored in this careful study. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299138042
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/1996
  • Series: Life Course Studies Series
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances K. Goldscheider is professor of sociology at Brown University. She is co-author of New Families, No Families? The Transformation of the American Home. Calvin Goldscheider is professor of sociology and Judaic studies at Brown University. His many books include The Transformation of the Jews and Population, Family Structure and Mobility. Frances and Calvin Goldscheider have published two other books together, The Ethnic Factor in Family Structure and Mobility and Ethnicity and the New Family Economy. Both are research associates at RAND Corporation.

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Preface
1 Residential Independence and Adulthood 3
2 Routes to Residential Independence: Expectations and Behavior 16
3 Leaving Home Before Marriage: The Basic Patterns 34
4 Racial and Ethnic Communities: The Structural and Cultural Bases of Family Values 51
5 Religion and Religiosity 65
6 Familism: Parental and Gender Relationships 80
7 Exiting from the Home: The Timing of Marriage and Residential Autonomy 96
8 Expectations and the Unexpected 113
9 Family Structure 128
10 Education, Income, and Generational Resource Flows 141
11 Parents and Their Children: Who Wins? 154
12 Nonfamily Living in Context: Households, the Life Course, and Family Values 169
Appendix A: Strengths and Limitations of the High School and Beyond Survey 189
Appendix B: Detailed Tables 195
Notes 217
References 229
Index 237
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