When Young Adults Leave Home: Dependency or Autonomy?

  • Lang-Wen HuangEmail author
Part of the Quality of Life in Asia book series (QLAS, volume 2)


This chapter analyzes the patterns of leaving home among Taiwanese young adults in their early 20s. It also examines the association between the experience of leaving home and individual autonomy. It argues that autonomy and dependency are not mutually exclusive. Instead, the concept of interdependency describes young adults’ transitional process better. Based on the different experiences Taiwanese young adults have when leaving home, we construct three home-leaving categories – leaver, stayer, and returner. Drawing from longitudinal survey data of the Taiwan Youth Project, we observe the dynamic process of leaving home in early adulthood. The results suggest that there are differences in rates of leaving home during early adulthood based on gender and area. In addition, young adults from white-collar families are more likely to leave home (as opposed to staying or returning home) than those from blue-collar families. However, a parental preference for coresidence does not play a significant role in explaining leaving home behavior for young adults in their early 20s. Finally, both leaving home status and financial independence enhance the likelihood of autonomy and lower the sense of dependency.


Young Adult Early Adulthood Birth Order Adult Child Parental Attitude 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologySoochow UniversityTaipeiTaiwan, ROC

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