ERIC Number: ED119044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Work Commitment through the Life Cycle.
Levitin, Teresa E.; Quinn, Robert P.
Data obtained from a national, cross-sectional survey of the American work force were used to examine the relationship between age and an interview measure of psychological involvement with work (i.e., paid employment). For men, this relationship was curvilinear. Commitment began at a low level among the 16-20 year old men, rose to its highest point among those 30-44 years old, and then declined back to its initially low level among those 55-65 years old. Age was not significantly related to the work commitment of women. Changes in quality of employment through the life cycle were, for men, found to be one determinant of correspondence changes in work commitment. No matter how good or bad men's jobs were in the early part of their working lives, most men ended up with a fairly low degree of committent just prior to retirement age. The concept of anticipatory desocialization from the work role was used to explain the latter finding. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (83rd, Chicago, Illinois, August 30-September 2, 1975)