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A risky business: experiences of leaving home among young rural women


Jones, GW, A risky business: experiences of leaving home among young rural women, Journal of Youth Studies, 7, (2) pp. 209-220. ISSN 1367-6261 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/1367626042000238721


To access education and training or look for work many rural youth, as young as 15 or 16 years, are encouraged to leave home and move to urban centres where there are greater opportunities. The aim of this paper is to highlight the particular impact rurality and changing social policies have on young rural women in the process of leaving home. Drawing on qualitative data generated in a three-and-a-half year longitudinal study of 26 young women growing up in small rural communities in northern Tasmania, this paper examines the housing careers of these young women to identify the benefits and risks associated with various independent living arrangements. This discussion helps to put some biographical flesh on the bare bones of demographic patterns of leaving home. It also highlights some of the complex interconnections between decisions made in one arena of life, such as leaving home, and consequences in other areas, such as looking for work or continuing with education and training.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Children's services and childcare
UTAS Author:Jones, GW (Dr Glenda Jones)
ID Code:29629
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2016-09-30

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