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Part-Time Work and Occupational Value Formation in Adolescence

Jeylan T. Mortimer, Ellen Efron Pimentel, Seongryeol Ryu, Katherine Nash and Chaimun Lee
Social Forces
Vol. 74, No. 4 (Jun., 1996), pp. 1405-1418
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2580356
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2580356
Page Count: 14
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Part-Time Work and Occupational Value Formation in Adolescence
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Abstract

This study examines the interrelations of work experiences and occupational values in a panel of 1,000 ninth-graders followed over a four-year period. Neither employment itself nor hours of work had substantial effects on occupational value formation. However, the opportunity to learn useful skills at work was a consistent positive influence on increasingly stable intrinsic and extrinsic value dimensions. We conclude that the central finding of research on work and adult psychological functioning - that the conditions of work are what matter - can be generalized to adolescents.

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