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ERIC Number: EJ883047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
The Shifting Balance of Adolescent Time Use
Zick, Cathleen D.
Youth & Society, v41 n4 p569-596 2010
In this study, time diary data from 1977 to 1978 and 2003 to 2005 are used to investigate time use in middle adolescence with the goals of ascertaining (a) changes in time use, (b) how socioeconomic and familial factors influence adolescent time allocation, and (c) the extent to which the mix of leisure undertaken by today's adolescents reflect a choice set that favors positive developmental experiences. The results suggest that over the past few decades, adolescents have substantially reduced their paid employment time while increasing the time they spend in leisure. Adolescents' declining real wage rates appear to have contributed to this shift. In 2003-2005, adolescents averaged more than 6 hours per day in leisure activities with approximately two thirds of their leisure time spent in passive activities and less than one third spent in leisure pursuits that have a high probability of promoting personal growth. (Contains 7 tables and 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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