5 thoughts on “Leaving Home in 15 Countries: How Old Are the Grown Children When They Leave and How Far Do They Go?

  • June 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

    If I remember correctly, countries like Denmark have much more housing specifically for singles than do many other countries. That in itself would make it easier to move out of their parents’ homes. So age at which an adult child moves away would not only be a function of emotional and financial readiness but also the types of resources/housing opportunities available in a particular country.

  • April 2, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I would hardly call this study a “multicultural” study, since the participants were all European, or of European origin. I think we’d get a much better data set if we studied 15 countries from ALL continents, not just ONE.

    • April 3, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Very true, Laura. Still, compared to the typical US-only, it is a step in the right direction.

  • December 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Wonderful article about this very pertinent phase of our life. I’ve been a clinician in BHC for over 40 years and a psychology professor for 13. I’ve been very influenced by other systemic practitioners such as Jay Haley and Murray Bowen to name just a few. In fact, Jay Haley’s “Leaving Home” remains in my clinical library. I’ve built a 6-stage model of the construction of a self that includes leaving home as the 5th phase. And naturally, enculturation across peoples contributes to the variation that we see.

    It is so important that social scientists and clinicians be culturally competent when offering our observations!
    Thanks so much for this pertinent article,
    Rich, MSW

    • December 21, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Belated thanks for this, Rich. I was fleeing the wildfires so did not get to respond until now.


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