Kids really are slower growing up now

Canadian Press

OTTAWA — A new study suggests that children are taking longer to grow up these days.

The Statistics Canada study says young adults took longer to “make key life transitions to adulthood” in 2001 than their counterparts were three decades earlier.

The study used census data from 1971 and 2001 to show how transitions have changed for people between the ages of 18 and 34.

It found that overall the transition to adulthood in 2001 was delayed and elongated compared with that in 1971 – it took young adults longer to achieve independence; they were leaving school later, staying longer in their parents' home, entering the labour market later, and postponing marriage and childbearing.

As before, young women in 2001 were generally making life transitions earlier than young men but they, too, were often making different transitions at different times than they did 30 years earlier.

The study examined five transitions that many young people make on their way to adulthood: leaving school; leaving their parents' home; having full-time work; entering relationships, and having children.

In each generation, women were in general more likely than men to leave home, marry and have children at a younger age. Men in both generations generally left school earlier and had full-time employment at a younger age than women.

On average, a 25-year-old in 2001 had gone through the same number of transitions as a 22-year-old in 1971. A 30-year-old in the later generation averaged the same number of transitions as a 25-year-old in the earlier generation.

In recent years, both young men and women have delayed many transitions. For example, in 2001, half of all 22-year-olds were still in school. Only one in five had a partner (usually common-law), and one in 11 had children.

In 1971, three-quarters of young adults at the age of 22 had left school. Nearly half were married and one in four had children.

As well, in 2001, the time between transitions had increased, stretching the process from the late teens to the early 30s. Youth in 1971 packed more life transitions into the years from their late teens to mid-20s and fewer transitions into their early 30s.


  1. You (Ottawa Mens, from Ottawa home of Canada's corrupt family court judges, Canada) wrote: Kids need both parents, not “single parent homes”, “two mothers” or “two fathers”. Kids learn best with a mother and a father. Problem is every since Pierre Trudeau decided the government had no place in the bedrooms of the nation, divorce has become a rubber stamp and it has effectively promoted marriage destruction. It can all be changed with a legal presumption of equal parenting after separation. All Mr. Harper or any politician needs to do to save Canada’s future, that is, Canada’s future children is to legislate a legal presumption of equal parenting after divorce or after separation. Kids really are slower growing up now because a family with a mother and a father is now a minority group. Its now more popular to be seen to be a single or gay parent then is to be in a heterosexual family relationship. Federal and provincial governments effectively promote marriage destruction by providing tax benefits for those who destroy marriage while penalizing generally fathers to such an extent that large numbers of males are unable or unwilling to remarry and have more children which is probably the primary reason why Canada has a negative population growth but it appears that all our politicians would rather bury their heads in the sand with politically correct ideas than face up to the reality that the population of Canada is decreasing which cannot continue. Just when is Mr. Harper going to raise the issue of mandatory equal parenting after divorce? 613-797-3237