Herbert Anderson is currently Research Professor of Practical Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. He is the author or coauthor of over ninety articles and thirteen books, many of which are focused on integrating theology and family systems theory. Kenneth R. Mitchell was a Pastoral Counselor and Professor of Pastoral Care at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri prior to his death in 1991.
The authors demonstrate that leaving home is a significant part of forming an individual identity and a natural aspect of maturing. It is also a lifelong process, but one that is desirable and appropriate for both the one who leaves and the ones left behind. However, understanding the process requires care, and this book helps clarify what is at stake in the complex ordinary process of leaving home.