ERIC Number: ED253662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Part-Time Employment of High-School Youth: Differences in Status and Monetary Reward Based on Selected Characteristics.
Meyer, Katrina A.
A study examined the patterns of differential status and reward existing among high school students to determine whether the sex-related patterns of salary and employment status discrimination that exist in society as a whole are mirrored in the occupational experiences of in-school adolescent workers. To gather data for the study, the researcher administered questionnaires to 2,787 students from 39 public and private schools in the state of Washington who had part-time jobs. Data obtained from the survey instrument were analyzed to determine the mutual relation of the following variables: student gender, year in school, postgraduation plans, ethnic origin, grade point average, occupational status, and wages, as well as father's occupational status. On average, males earned more than their female counterparts in higher-status occupations. The adolescent wages examined in the study produced a statistically significant relationship and a 90 percent wage gap as opposed to the 65 percent wage gap that exists between the wages of males and females in the general labor market. Recommendations called for further research to determine the factors responsible for this discrepancy. (MN)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Demography, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Ethnic Origins, Family Characteristics, Grade Point Average, High School Students, High Schools, Influences, Occupational Aspiration, Part Time Employment, Salary Wage Differentials, Sex Discrimination, Sex Role, State Surveys, Student Characteristics, Youth Employment
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).