, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 597–614

Pathways to Independent Living in Early Adulthood: Marriage, Semiautonomy, and Premarital Residential Independence

  • Frances K. Goldscheider
  • Julie DaVanzo
Demography of the Life Course

DOI: 10.2307/2061260

Cite this article as:
Goldscheider, F.K. & DaVanzo, J. Demography (1989) 26: 597. doi:10.2307/2061260


Data from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 are used to examine factors influencing young adults' departure from the parental home and the initial pathways taken, including leaving home for marriage, residential semi-autonomy (Semi), and premarital residential independence (PRI). Parents' education and continuing in school decrease the likelihood of leaving home via marriage and increase the likelihood of leaving home via Semi or PRI. All other factors considered affect all pathways out of the parental home in the same direction, but in differing magnitudes. The predominant influences on PRI are indicators of modern family values, whereas the predominant influences on leaving home for marriage are measures of resources, both those of the parents and those of the young adults.

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© Population Association of America 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frances K. Goldscheider
    • 1
  • Julie DaVanzo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyBrown UniversityProvidence
  2. 2.The Rand CorporationSanta Monica

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