Early life transitions of Canadian youth: effects of family transformation and community characteristics

Zenaida R. Ravanera, Fernando Rajulton, Thomas K. Burch


This paper looks at the impact of family transformation and community
characteristics on the timing and sequences of early life transitions of Canadians born in 1971-75. Using event history techniques of analysis, the effects on school completion, start of regular work, and home-leaving are examined using a data set that merged the 1995 General Social Survey of the Family with data derived from the enumeration areas of the 1996 Census. The results show that family disruption impacts negatively on the transition to adulthood. And, mother=s work status and community-level characteristics indicative of availability of material resources and opportunities have significant effect on the timing of transition to adulthood mainly through longer period of education.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25336/P6HS43


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