Family living arrangements in young adulthood: Cross–national comparative analyses

Katrin Schwanitz

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    I used population census data and survey data to investigate family living arrangements across several European countries in multiple social contexts, from the perspective of different social groups, and by taking into account variability on an intra-national level. To this end, I applied different methods to achieve a more thorough understanding of the mechanisms underlying cross-national differences in family living arrangements – among them log-linear analysis, multinomial logistic regression analysis, multi-level analysis, as well as event history and sequence analysis. The findings highlight that, while individual characteristics (education, income, preferences, cohort and gender) do play a role in determining young adults’ family living arrangements, regional or national characteristics channel the impact of these individual characteristics. This underscores the pivotal importance of a multi-level framework for explaining and understanding differences in young adults’ family living arrangements and the transition to adulthood in Europe. Standard explanations – that focus on either macro or micro factors and do not consider their possible interplay – thus cannot fully account for observed variation in family living arrangements across European regions or countries.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Groningen
    • Mulder, Clara H., Supervisor
    • Toulemon, L., Co-supervisor, External person
    Award date11-May-2017
    Place of Publication[Groningen]
    Print ISBNs978-90-367-9748-1
    Electronic ISBNs978-90-367-9747-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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