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* The Boomerang Age was named an Outstanding Academic Title of 2007 by Choice Magazine.
“Outstanding Title! Mitchell (Simon Fraser Univ.) offers an excellent examination of how transitions to adulthood in today's ever-changing world compare with those of past cultures and other industrialized societies. Working from an international perspective, Mitchell uses current data and a life course focus to examine family issues such as children moving away and toward the family home, cohabitation, and marital formation and dissolution. She also does an excellent job of examining these changes from both macro and micro perspectives and linking her analysis to social policy implications. In short, this book has it all--a timely topic, a thorough analysis, a theoretical application, and suggestions for both policy and the future. An important addition to any class on the family. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.”
—L. Wolfer, Choice
"Adult children's return to their home of origin after a hiatus of a few years away, whether after college, military service, or even work, seems a new phenomenon that has attracted attention from the media....Mitchell embeds the boomerang age within the context of increasing individualism and secularism in both North American and European countries as well as in the context of many other ethnic and cultural changes....Mitchell does not leave any stone unturned...extremely detailed and well-documented."
—Luciano L'Abate, Contemporary Psychology
"Barbara Mitchell's excellent book... is likely to spark a renewed interest in the life course approach among people who study families, and a renewed interest in families among people who study macro structural change. I look forward to reading the scholarly exchange that will follow the publication of this book"
—Lorne Tepperman, professor of sociology, University of Toronto
"This book has it all--a timely topic, a thorough analysis, a theoretical application, and suggestions for both policy and the future. An important addition to any class on the family."
—L. Wolfer, University of Scranton