Ethnic Differences in Returning Home: Explanations From a Life Course Perspective

Tom Kleinepier, Ann Berrington, Lenny Stoeldraijer

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    Ethnic differences in leaving and returning home may reflect varying cultural norms regarding intergenerational coresidence, but also differences in transitions in linked domains, for example, employment and partnership transitions. This study uses Dutch population register data to compare returning home among second-generation Turks, Moroccans, Surinamese, and Antilleans with native Dutch who had left the parental home between age 16 and 28 in the period 1999 to 2011 (N = 194,020). All second-generation groups were found to be more likely to return home than native Dutch. A large part of these differences was related to the timing and occurrence of other key events in the life course, such as age at leaving home and partnership dissolution. Although the impact of partnership dissolution on returning home was found to be strong among all origin groups, it was less pronounced among second-generation youth, particularly Turks and Moroccans, than native Dutch youth. Possible explanations and implications are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-18
    JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Apr 2017


    • ethnicity
    • family life
    • intergenerational relationships
    • transitions
    • young adults

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