ERIC Number: ED179880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Life Course Organization, Perceived Quality Life, and Occupational Attainment.
Abeles, Ronald P.; Steel, Lauri
Longitudinal data from Project TALENT are used to study how people's adult lives are patterned and how these patterns are related to their occupational achievement and perceived quality of life. Career is defined as a sequence of roles and associated activities that a person enacts within a particular life domain. The pattern of a person's life emerges through the simultaneous consideration of his/her educational, occupational, procreational, and marital careers. The temporal aspects of careers distinguish three dimensions (order, continuity, and comparative timing of role transitions) and are discussed in regard to three general theoretical perspectives (human capital, stress, and social age norms) for guiding research on "life events." The analyses suggest that these temporal aspects of careers are, in general, only weakly related to perceived quality of life and to occupational attainment when background and ability measures are controlled. However, a number of sex interactions with temporality were found. For the most part, the results were more consistent with human capital predictions then with others. (Author/BMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.