Leaving the nest

"Moving out" redirects here. For other uses, see Moving out (disambiguation).

Leaving the nest or moving out refers to the notion of a young person moving out of the accommodation provided by their guardian, fosterers or parent.[1] Such a move can be motivated by various factors, including a desire for independence, the discovery of a more viable location and/or practicality.[2]

The age at which young people move out of their previous accommodation has been rising since the turn of the 21st century.[3]

In some cultures, especially Middle Eastern ones, it is not as socially acceptable for a woman or girl to leave the home to live by herself without a marriage arrangement.[4] Some researchers have suggested that a delay in leaving the nest may result in a decrease in sexual activity.[5]


  1. Apter, Terry (2002). The Myth of Maturity: What Teenagers Need from Parents to Become Adults. p. 260.
  2. Peace, Sheila (2011). Adult Lives: A Life Course Perspective. p. 145.
  3. http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2014/article/independence-for-young-millennials-moving-out-and-boomeranging-back.htm
  4. Arnett, Jeffrey (2007). International encyclopedia of adolescence: A-J, index, Volume 1. p. 1038.
  5. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/new-research-suggests-young-people-are-going-off-sex-1.2742803
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