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Gender, turning points, and boomerangs: Returning home in young adulthood in Great Britain

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posted on 19.12.2018, 11:35 authored by Juliet StoneJuliet Stone, Ann Berrington, Jane Falkingham
The idea of a generation of young adults "boomeranging" back to the parental home has gained widespread currency in the British popular press. However, there is little empirical research identifying either increasing rates of returning home or the factors associated with this trend. This article addresses this gap in the literature using data from a long-running household panel survey to examine the occurrence and determinants of returning to the parental home. We take advantage of the longitudinal design of the British Household Panel Survey (1991-2008) and situate returning home in the context of other life-course transitions. We demonstrate how turning points in an individual's life course-such as leaving full-time education, unemployment, or partnership dissolution-are key determinants of returning home. An increasingly unpredictable labor market means that employment cannot be taken for granted following university graduation, and returning home upon completion of higher education is becoming normative. We also find that gender moderates the relationship among partnership dissolution, parenthood, and returning to the parental home, reflecting the differential welfare support in Great Britain for single parents compared with nonresident fathers and childless young adults. © 2013 The Author(s).

Funding

This study has been carried out at the ESRC Centre for Population Change. The Centre for Population Change (CPC) is a joint initiative between the Universities of Southampton, St. Andrews, Dundee, Edinburgh, Stirling, and Strathclyde, in partnership with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the National Records of Scotland (NRS). The Centre is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), grant number RES-625-28-0001.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Demography

Volume

51

Issue

1

Pages

257 - 276

Citation

STONE, J., BERRINGTON, A. and FALKINGHAM J., 2014. Gender, turning points, and boomerangs: Returning home in young adulthood in Great Britain. Demography, 51(1), pp. 257-276.

Publisher

© the Authors. Published by Springer

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Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Springer under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

ISSN

0070-3370

eISSN

1533-7790

Language

en