Part-time work and occupational value formation in adolescence

Jeylan T. Mortimer, Ellen Efron Pimentel, Seongryeol Ryu, Katherine Nash, Chaimun Lee

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1404-1418
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1996


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