Single young professionals and shared household living

Heath, S. and Kenyon, E. (2001) Single young professionals and shared household living. Journal of Youth Studies, 4, (1), 83-100.


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The interface between labour market commitment, shared household living, and the maintenance of couple relationships amongst graduates and young professionals in their twenties and early thirties is explored. Following a discussion of the growth of independent living amongst this group and some of the factors that have led to this trend, evidence is presented from a study of relatively affluent sharers living in the south of England. Perceptions of labour market mobility, preferences for independent living and the negotiation of couple relationships across households are all considered. Shared living appears to be particularly suited to young adults who are strongly committed to the labour market: it is a flexible household form, but one which can provide 'professional standard' accommodation as well as ready access to a social life for time-constrained and geographically mobile employees. The presence of other household members, however, is both its greatest weakness and its greatest strength, at best providing close emotional support for members conducting couple relationships under adverse conditions, at worst placing additional pressures on these already strained relationships.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1367-6261 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 33869
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Date Deposited: 17 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:00
Young adults and shared household living
Funded by: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (R000237033)
1 February 1998 to 31 January 2000

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