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The Effects of Childhood Family Structure on Leaving and Returning Home
Frances K. Goldscheider and Calvin Goldscheider
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 60, No. 3 (Aug., 1998), pp. 745-756
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353543
Page Count: 12
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We examine the effects of childhood family structure on leaving and returning home. Using retrospective data from the National Survey of Families and Households, we develop a competing risks, proportional hazards model of linkages among family experiences and the probability of leaving home very early (ages 15-16) and by given routes (schooling, the military, marriage, cohabitation, employment, and independence) and of returning home. We find that growing up in any of a variety of alternative family structures decreases the likelihood of leaving home via college attendance and of returning home but increases the likelihood of leaving early, especially to independence and marriage.
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