Young, anchored and free? Examining the dynamics of early housing pathways in Australia

Published on Aug 9, 2017in Journal of Youth Studies
· DOI :10.1080/13676261.2016.1273520
Wojtek Tomaszewski8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UQ: University of Queensland),
Jonathan Smith5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Monash University)
+ 3 AuthorsZlatko Skrbis17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Monash University)
ABSTRACTYoung people are remaining in the parental home for longer, and returning there more often, before attaining residential independence. In Australia, these patterns have prompted concerns about a ‘boomerang generation’ whose housing aspirations and decisions have either been directly questioned, or viewed as symptomatic of broader affordability issues. Employing a longitudinal perspective, we argue that early residential pathways reflect a mix of stable and dynamic influences involving individuals, their families, and their broader relationships. Using data from a large cohort (n = 2082) of young Australians participating in the ‘Our Lives’ research project, we examine housing pathway formation between the ages of 12/13 and 21/22. Events such as parental union dissolution or partnership formation were found to encourage home leaving, whilst being employed at a younger age and having grown up rurally predicted both leaving and remaining out of home. Close, supportive relationships with family and fr...
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