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What I really want to know is, at the point in each child's life when they are gaining full independence from their parents, on average:

1) What is the father's age? 2) What is the mother's age?

Recognizing the improbability that such data exists, and since children usually gain full independence between their 18th and 19th birthday, I have decided to narrow my question down so as to focus on just the average ages of the parents when their youngest turns 18.

  • your question is definitely answerable with public data. i'd recommend you use the national longitudinal surveys, but addhealth might also work. if you can limit your question to cohabiting families, then cps is probably your best option. asdfree.com – Anthony Damico Sep 11 '16 at 6:44

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