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Adolescents, Work, And Family, Vol. 6

by Jeylan T. Mortimer (Editor), Michael D. Finch

Publisher: SAGE Publications
Pages: 284
Paperback
ISBN: 9780803951259






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Overview of Adolescents, Work, And Family, Vol. 6

Based on an eight-year study, this book examines how the work experiences of adolescents, both at home and in the paid workforce, affect their lives and their relationships. The book is unique in that it studies not only adolescents, but their parents as well.

Among their findings the contributors reveal: the importance of work quality and context in developing youth competence; the similarity between parents and children in their perception of the benefits and costs of youth work; how paid work can contribute to positive family relationships; how positive work experiences can buffer the adolescent from stressful family problems; and how adolescents' work plans influence their transition to adulthood. In addition, the book

Synopsis of Adolescents, Work, And Family, Vol. 6

What does an adolescent really learn about adult responsibilities from holding down a paying job or doing household chores? Does a teenager's employment lead to change in the family? Based on an 8-year study, Adolescents, Work, and Family examines how adolescents' work experiences, both within the home and in the paid work force, affect their relationship with their parents, their self-concepts, and their well-being. This book is unique in that it studies not only working adolescents but their parents as well. Among their findings the contributors reveal the importance of work quality and context in developing youth competence, the similarity between parents and children in their perceptions of the benefits and costs of youth work, how paid work can contribute to positive family relationships, how positive work experiences can buffer the adolescent from stressful family problems, and how an adolescent's work plans influence their early transition to adulthood. In addition, the book offers readers directions for future research in this growing area of inquiry. Acquiring and maintaining work is a marker of the adolescent's transition to adulthood. Thus, scholars of adolescent and family development, youth and family policymakers, and professionals who help youths and their families will find the book's revelations important and useful. "This book is timely and is much needed to help clarify an understanding of the impact of work on adolescents and their families. It is the first to draw together a detailed analysis of intergenerational ties to work while maintaining a focus on adolescents. Moreover, a myriad of complex issues including work and development, work as an arena of comfort,and the meaning of work for adolescents and their parents are examined over time for a representative yet situated sample. While there are competing books . . . Jeylan T. Mortimer and Michael D. Finch's volume is really the first to provide a highly detailed analysis over time." --Kathryn M. Borman, University of South Florida

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Examines how adolescents' work experiences within the home and the paid workforce affect their relationships with parents, their self- concepts, and their wellbeing, based on an eight-year study. Looks at generational differences in early work experiences, the work-family nexus in urban and rural ecologies, and effects of adolescent achievement and family goals on the early adult transition. A unique aspect of the study is that it examines parents' attitudes to working adolescents. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Examines how adolescents' work experiences within the home and the paid workforce affect their relationships with parents, their self- concepts, and their wellbeing, based on an eight-year study. Looks at generational differences in early work experiences, the work-family nexus in urban and rural ecologies, and effects of adolescent achievement and family goals on the early adult transition. A unique aspect of the study is that it examines parents' attitudes to working adolescents. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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