ERIC Number: ED102392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: N/A
New Perspectives on Older Workers.
Sheppard, Harold L.
The document offers four research studies dealing with the older worker. The first study, "A Perspective on the Status of Older Americans in Today's Job Market," goes beyond the ordinary statistical analyses of the labor force participation of older adults, and deals with age discrimination by employers and Employment Service offices. Also discussed are the frequent handicaps imposed by older workers themselves. The second more technical study, "Age and Migration Factors in the Socioeconomic Conditions of Urban Black and White Women," compares the labor force status and general well-being of older and younger women, and deals with the impact of urban size. The third study, "The Emerging Pattern of Second Careers," considers a newly recognized dimension of industrial gerontology. Increased longevity, the economy, and technological change are seen as factors aggravating the problems of older workers. Comparisons between older candidates and noncandidates for second careers and social-psychological dimensions are discussed. The final study, "The Potential Role of Behavioral Science in the Solution of the 'Older Worker Problem'," reexamines some major issues of policy affecting the older worker, noting that the gap between educational attainments of younger and the older workers has narrowed over the past several decades. (Author/MW)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Age, Age Differences, Career Change, Employed Women, Employment Opportunities, Employment Practices, Employment Problems, Individual Needs, Job Placement, Labor Market, Occupational Mobility, Older Adults, Older Workers, Racial Factors, Social Bias, Socioeconomic Influences, Socioeconomic Status, Technological Advancement, Urban Environment
W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 300 South Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007 ($1.25 per copy, reductions for quantity orders)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Upjohn (W.E.) Inst. for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI.