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The are countless references to the development of a new  phase  of life between childhood and adulthood (referred to as post-adloscence) in the technical literature of sociology. Different theoretical models  have been developed in sociology to interpret postadolescence. After the discussion of the  models, a new  model is indruced in this  contribution. The forms and "timing" determining how and when young people leave their parents'  house house regarded as the most  important consitutive characteristic of the postadolescent phase in this model. It is thereby assumed that this detachment from the parents' house is regarded as the most important consitutive characteristic of the postadolescent phase in this model. It is thereby assumed that this detachment from the parents' house  is dependent upon surrounding macro-structural  social conditions. In this model, the  following detachment dimensions are regarded as significant: legal dimension, household dimension, economic-fianacial dimension, social dimension,  emotional dimension. The analysis of the process of detachment based upon these dimensions reveals that postponed partial detachment, succesive detachment, and reversibile detachment are all consitutive elements of post-adolescence. The fact that young people  who have reached legal adulthood  remain in many respect dependent upon  their parents, remains  an important facet of post-adolescence. The analysis also reveals  that  post-adolescence cannot be clearly defined based upon the criteria  of age , with regard to "youth or "adulthood". It is therefore an empirical question who and how many members  of a  specific age category of young adults (i.e. 20-25 years  or 30 year olds) find themselves  in the post-adolescent phase according to the theoretically proven criteria.

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