ERIC Number: ED399443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
A Report of the Child Labor Task Force.
Oregon State Bureau of Labor and Industry, Portland.
A task force studied youth work and its impact on the health, education, and safety of 16- and 17-year-olds. The study covered such issues as the following: effects of work on school performance, work's physical and psychological effects on young people, the effects work can have on young people's preparation for lifelong work, and what steps can be taken to emphasize the positive benefits enjoyed by working young people while limiting the drawbacks. Four methods were used to gather information: a review of major research and studies, public hearings throughout Oregon, a survey of employers, and a survey of 16- and 17-year-olds. Findings indicated that the number of 16- and 17-year-olds who work had increased in recent years and many businesses who employed minors relied heavily on them. Student jobs were often low-paying, unfulfilling, and offered little in the way of educational value or preparation for adult work. A number of positive benefits were enjoyed by young people who worked, such as enhanced self-esteem, an early appreciation for the work ethic, and a degree of financial freedom. However, the study also concluded that these benefits could be short lived if not linked to long-term career and education goals. Youth work was not inherently good or bad. Many young people could effectively balance school and work, whereas others could not. A school-to-work connection and transition was necessary. (Appendixes contain a 34-item bibliography and questionnaire.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Career Education, Education Work Relationship, Part Time Employment, Secondary Education, Student Employment, Wages, Work Environment, Work Experience, Youth Employment
Technical Assistance, Bureau of Labor and Industries, P.O. Box 800, Portland, OR 97207-0800 ($18 each prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Bureau of Labor and Industry, Portland.