ERIC Number: ED332108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-16
Part-Time Work among High School Seniors: How Much Is Too Much?
Bachman, Jerald G.; Schulenberg, John
This document reports findings from data collected from large nationally representative samples of high school seniors in the classes of 1985-1989 as part of the Monitoring the Future project. Its primary focus is on the possible costs and benefits of part-time work among high school seniors. The focus of the report is on three psychosocial themes: problem behaviors (drug and alcohol use, aggression, victimization); time use (sleep, exercise, recreation); and subjective experiences (satisfaction, self-esteem). Results are presented which revealed that hours of work were positively correlated with smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, using illicit drugs, interpersonal aggression, theft, trouble with police, arguments with parents, victimization, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and truancy, and negatively correlated with seniors' satisfaction with the way their leisure time was spent and the amount of fun they had. It is also noted that self-esteem showed practically no correlation with hours worked. The document concludes that the interpretation of these findings is difficult since long working hours (and high earnings) are reactions to other factors, some of which may be pre-existing problems. It is suggested that policies aimed at curbing hours or earnings should be viewed with caution at this point. Two tables and 33 figures are included. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting (Seattle, WA, April 18-21, 1991).