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Title:Transition to adulthood across generations of men and women in Lomé (Togo)
Author:Beguy, Donatien
Year:2009
Periodical:African Population Studies
Volume:23
Pages:3-26
Language:English
Geographic term:Togo
Subjects:urban population
generations
marriage
employment
housing
Abstract:This paper examines the timing and sequencing of critical events that mark the transition to adulthood in Lomé, Togo. These events include the completion of school, the departure from the parental home, entry into the labour force, marriage, and parenthood. The paper is based on a survey conducted in Lomé in 2000 which collected biographical information from 2,536 individuals in three birth cohorts - ages 25-34, 35-44, and 45-59 - in particular on their residential, family, schooling and professional trajectories. The results indicate that younger generations of men experienced a general delay in the entry into adulthood. For women, the timing of access to employment does not vary much across generations, but their entry into union and transition to first independent housing are delayed over time. Bibliogr., notes., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]
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