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House Sharing and Young Adults
Examining successful dynamics and negative stereotypes

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ISBN 9780367751869
December 27, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
152 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

House Sharing and Young Adults offers unique insight into the dynamics of successful house sharing among young adults and questions some of the myths fostered by the negative stereotyping of housemates. Illustrated with research from interviews with young adults, it explores co-residence, interpersonal relationships and young people’s development. 

Beginning with an overview of the concept and history of house sharing among young adults, Clark and Tuffin’s volume also examines reasons for the lack of research into the area up until recently. It explores key questions including how young adults choose housemates, what makes a desirable housemate, avoiding complications, the psychological advantages of house sharing, how conflict arises, and impact of house sharing on adult development. The authors challenge the stigma of shared domesticity, demonstrating the potential of house sharing to enhance well-being through companionship whilst acknowledging the potential pitfalls caused by tension in intimate settings. 

House Sharing and Young Adults will be essential reading for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of social psychology, developmental psychology, sociology, and anthropology, as well as those interested in group dynamics, housing demographics, and discrimination.

Table of Contents


1. What do we know about flatting?

2. Choosing potential flatmates

3. Construction of desirable flatmates

4. Avoiding complications in shared domestic relationships

5. Do household chores subvert the social advantages of flatting?

6. Conflict sources, management and consequences

7. The social dynamics of shared household living


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Vicky Clark is a PhD graduate in psychology from Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. 

Keith Tuffin is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand.