Conceptualising the contemporary role of housing in the transition to adult life in England

J Ford, J Rugg, R Burrows

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This paper uses both survey and qualitative panel data collected from five different case-study areas in England in order to offer a conceptualisation of the contemporary role that housing is playing in the transition to adult life. The data suggest that the types of housing pathway that young people follow are a function of differences in the combination and intensity of three main factors: the ability of young people to plan for and control their entry to independent living; the extent and form of constraints that characterise their access to housing; and the degree of family support available to them. Based around these three dimensions (each of which is a continuum), the following ideal typical pathways can be identified: a chaotic pathway, an unplanned pathway, a constrained pathway, a planned (non-student) pathway and a student pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2455-2467
Number of pages13
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002

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