There has been limited research regarding how minority culture youth experience leaving home. Eight African American individuals who had “launched” from their families-of-origin were interviewed. By using Moustakas’ Transcendental Phenomenological method, several themes emerged to describe the lived experience of leaving home. The themes included need for independence, a comparison of privilege for others and oppression for self, obligation to family, and pride in self-sufficiency. According to the findings in this study, leaving home for young African Americans is a culturally distinct experience which aligns more closely with traditional patterns of leaving home. Although the emerging adulthood era functions as a context in which the participants exist, the young African American participants in this study identified delayed launching as a “failure.”
Moustakas, Phenomenology, Leaving Home, Failure to Launch, Emerging Adulthood, African American
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Wilson, N. N., Sailor, J. L., Calix, S. I., & Carney, W. (2017). Leaving Home for African Americans in the Emerging Adulthood Era: A Phenomenological Study. The Qualitative Report, 22(2), 527-541. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2517