MPIDR Working Paper

The influence of parents on cohabitation in Italy: insights from two regional contexts

Schröder, C.
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2007-030, 52 pages.
Rostock, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (August 2007)
Open Access


In view of the demographic changes that affect all European countries, the diffusion of new living arrangements such as non-marital cohabitation is particularly interesting. In this article we concentrate on Italy, a country that is characterized by a low pace in the diffusion of cohabitation. Earlier studies found statistical evidence of the impact of parents’ characteristics on young adults’ decisions for cohabitation. However, there is only limited empirical knowledge about the actual mechanism through which parents influence the choices of their children. We employ qualitative research methods and focus on two regional contexts in order to analyze if and how parents intervene in the choices young adults.
Keywords: Italy, cohabitation, parents, qualitative methods
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