Getting on their bikes: teenagers leaving home in Scotland in the 1980s

Furlong, A. and Cooney, G. (1990) Getting on their bikes: teenagers leaving home in Scotland in the 1980s. Journal of Social Policy, 19(4), pp. 535-551. (doi: 10.1017/S0047279400018286)

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New restrictions on the payment of income support and housing benefit to young people are likely to affect their ability to leave the family home. Yet little is known about the sorts of young people who leave home and the likely effects of the changes. This paper uses nationally representative data to look at the characteristics of Scottish teenagers who have left home, the reasons they gave for leaving home and the sorts of problems they faced on leaving. We also examine the labour market experiences of teenage leavers, and compare their experiences with young people who remained in the family home.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Furlong, Professor Andy
Authors: Furlong, A., and Cooney, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Journal of Social Policy
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1469-7823
Published Online:20 January 2009

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