Generational Relationships and the Jews: Patterns of Leaving Home, 1930-1985

Publication Date: October 2008

Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Frances K. Golscheider; Calvin Golscheider

Research Area: Social conditions

Keywords: American Jews; Demography; Residential mobility

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In Jewish Population Studies 27 (Papers in Jewish Demography, 1993), 233-246. This paper focuses on the residential dimension of parent-child relationships during the younger generation's transition to adulthood. Intergenerational separation is expected eventually, but the question is when? Does such a separation normally occur as soon as possible - close to age 18, when high school is completed - or does separation normally occur as late as possible in a nuclear family structure - at marriage? To what extent have American Jewish young adults participated in the increase in non-family living and have their patterns been distinctive?