Educational and work strategies from adolescence to early adulthood: consequences for educational attainment

Jeremy Staff, Jeylan T. Mortimer

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Abstract

Whereas sociologists have long recognized that adolescence marks the start of the socioeconomic career, the importance of this period has been attributed to school performance, aspirations and significant others' influence that support educational attainment to a greater or lesser degree. The underlying premise of this study is that adolescent work is an expression of instrumental action with consequences for socioeconomic attainment. Using data from the Youth Development Study, we find that part-time work during high school is linked with patterns of schooling and working that persist during the succeeding years and are more or less conducive to the receipt of a BA/BS degree. Moderate work coupled with school appears to especially facilitate the educational attainment of low promise youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1169-1194
Number of pages26
JournalSocial Forces
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

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