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ERIC Number: EJ843684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
The Role of Purposeful Work Goals in Promoting Meaning in Life and in Schoolwork during Adolescence
Yeager, David Scott; Bundick, Matthew J.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v24 n4 p423-452 2009
What type of work goals provide adolescents with the sense that schoolwork is important and that their lives are meaningful? This mixed-methods study of a diverse sample of 6th-, 9th-, and 12th-grade adolescents (N = 148) investigated the relationship between work goals, purpose, and meaning using a semistructured interview and a survey. Interview analyses showed that multiple motives were normative (68%), and that 30% of adolescents aspired to an occupation that would allow them to contribute to the world beyond themselves. Regression analyses found that adolescents with purposeful work goals also reported more meaning in life and in schoolwork than those who did not. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 12; Grade 6; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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