ERIC Number: ED297214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Moving Out and Marriage: What Do Young Adults Expect?
Goldscheider, Calvin; Goldscheider, Frances K.
Living independently before marriage is part of a broader pattern of family and demographic change characterizing modern societies since World War II. This study examined expectations about premarital residential independence among young adults. Data were obtained from 28,240 high school seniors who participated in the High School and Beyond study of the class of 1980. Students were asked at what age they expected to get married and at what age they expected to live in their own home or apartment. Those who gave an expected age at residence younger than an expected age at marriage were defined as expecting independent residence before marriage. The results revealed that approximately 70% of young adults surveyed expected to move out of their parental home before marriage, suggesting that new norms are emerging which fit into patterns of independence in the transition to adulthood. There was substantial variation in factors affecting expectations about premarital residential independence. Young men more than young women, those with more parental resources, those who expected to marry at older ages, and those who did not have ethnic and religious ties that linked them to their parental home until marriage expected to live independently. Religious, racial, and ethnic differences interacted in complex ways with gender and socioeconomic status to influence expectations about premarital residential independence. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Ethnic Status, Expectation, High School Seniors, High Schools, Marriage, Place of Residence, Population Trends, Racial Differences, Religious Factors, Residential Patterns, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status
The Rand Corporation, Publications Department, 1700 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90406-2138 ($4.00; 25% discount on 25 or more copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.