Family Relations in the Transition to Adulthood
Whereas intergenerational relations have been extensively researched in families with young children and in families with elderly parents, family relations in the transition to adulthood are widely underresearched. However, these relations are extremely important for the structuration of the life course trajectories of the adolescents: Societies vary extensively in the extent, how parents serve as a role model for the intergenerational transmission of partnership relationships, parents finance the higher education of their offspring or their housing in the family formation process, provide advice and support in launching their occupational career, serve as a source of emotional support and help in the daily chores of young parents.
The panel aims at bringing together presentations which have studied family relations in adolescence empirically, preferably based on large scale panel studies, providing results on family relations in the transition to adulthood either for one country or in a cross-national comparative perspective. Papers are equally welcome which concentrate on one event or process in the transition to adulthood or investigate the interrelationship between trajectories and how they are influenced by intergenerational interaction and support.