Moving the Nest: The Impact of Coresidential Children on Mobility in Later Midlife

TitleMoving the Nest: The Impact of Coresidential Children on Mobility in Later Midlife
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBures, RM
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Volume30
Issue6
Pagination837-51
Call Numbernewpubs20090908/BuresJFI.pdf
KeywordsAdult children, Demographics
Abstract

Using data from the 1992-2000 waves of the Health and Retirement Study, this article examines the relationship between the presence and age of children in the home and parental mobility in midlife. Although a substantial literature evaluates the factors affecting the timing of children leaving (and returning) home, less attention has been paid to the residential changes that parents may experience during this stage of the family life cycle. As young adults leave home, family ties that keep their parents in a place may weaken, precipitating residential change. Results indicate that parents with no children or adult children at home are more likely to move, and move further, than those with children younger than 18 at home. These findings are discussed in the context of a life course view of family migration behavior that suggests that as children age and their potential for independent living increases, parental mobility may increase.

Endnote Keywords

CHILDREN/migration/Family

Endnote ID

20400

Citation Key7335