Solo living, individual and family boundaries: findings from secondary analysis<sup>1</sup>

Fran Wasoff, Lynn Jamieson and Adam Smith

in Families in society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346438
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302292 | DOI:
Solo living, individual and family boundaries: findings from secondary analysis1

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This chapter concentrates on solo living as a way of understanding families, relationships and households. It provides a detailed empirical analysis of who is living alone in the UK and who is moving in and out of solo living. The evidence suggests increasing levels of solo living at all stages of the lifecourse, indicative perhaps of a redrawing of the boundary between family and household and a reshaping of the boundaries of different lifecourse stages. However, the evidence also suggests that transitions between solo living and living with others is commonplace, so that the boundaries between solo living and family living are frequently crossed. More research is needed to understand the ways in which people on their own are connected to families, friends and wider social relationships although preliminary evidence suggests considerable connectedness, challenging assumptions about the isolation of those living on their own.

Keywords: solo living; UK; lifecourse stages; family living; social relationships

Chapter.  7190 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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