Sociology / Demography


Leaving Home before Marriage
Ethnicity, Familism, and Generational Relationships
Frances K. Goldscheider and Calvin Goldscheider

"A book rich in detail and brimming with policy implications."—Timothy J. Owens, Contemporary Sociology

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.

"A well-organized and meaningful interpretation of data. It is a significant contribution to understanding the changes in premarital residential patterns of young adults."—Choice

"The study offers useful insights which can help parents and their children cope more effectively with separation. It also offers useful insights into contemporary family dynamics and will be of interest to all sociologists studying the family today."—The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

"Provides the most comprehensive examination of the causes of variations in non family living to date, and as such it is important reading for a broad range of social scientists."—William G. Axinn, American Journal of Sociology

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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Goldscheider's book is red with a child-like drawing of a house, and three simplified of which appears to be leavingfaces, the smallest

June 1993
260 pp.      none     6 x 9
ISBN 0-299-13800-3   Cloth $27.5S
ISBN 0-299-13804-6   Paper $14.95S

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