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Getting on Their Bikes: Teenagers Leaving Home in Scotland in the 1980s*


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.

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S. Dodds , A. Furlong and L. Croxford (1989), ‘Quality and quantity: tackling non-contract attrition in a longitudinal survey’, Sociology, 23:2, 275–84.

B. Ineichen (1981), ‘The housing decisions of young people’, British Journal of Sociology, 32:2, 252–58.

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Journal of Social Policy
  • ISSN: 0047-2794
  • EISSN: 1469-7823
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