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ERIC Number: ED454368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Pages: 48
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-7340-1753-7
Seeking the Balance: Risks, Choices and Life Priorities in the Life-Patterns Project, 1998-1999. Working Paper 19.
Dwyer, Peter; Harwood, Aramiha; Tyler, Debra
This paper provides an update on the 1998 findings from an Australian longitudinal study begun in 1991 and titled the Life-Patterns Project. Based on 1,430 returns of the questionnaire and interviews of a sub-sample of 100, it examines implications of patterns beginning to emerge as participants enter their mid-twenties and reassess their priorities. Chapter 1, a summary of 1998 results, reports that 67 percent were in full-time jobs, 48 percent were in their preferred career area, and having a steady job was participants' number-one priority. Chapter 2, on diversity of patterns, discusses development of a typology of life patterns with these five focuses: vocational, occupational, contextual, altered, and mixed. Case studies illustrate the features of each pattern. The chapter shows education is not the only factor determining how successful a young person is upon entering the work force. The relationship among control, choice, and risk at various points on the "continuum of control" is discussed. Chapter 3 focuses on the multi-dimensional lives of participants, with varying priorities given to work and life. Chapter 4 reports these findings regarding career and personal fulfillment: for many participants, the disjuncture between educational achievement and career prospects has come as a surprise; and participants wanted to achieve and maintain a regular job in which they can improve their career prospects, but not at the cost of their personal relationships. (Contains 18 references.) (YLB)
Youth Research Centre, Faculty of Education, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010 Australia. Tel: 61 03 8344 9633; Fax: 61 03 8344 9632; e-mail:; Web site: For full text: 0.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Melbourne Univ., Parkville (Australia). Youth Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia