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ERIC Number: EJ868195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
At-Risk Youth Appearance and Job Performance Evaluation
Freeburg, Beth Winfrey; Workman, Jane E.
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v100 n3 p14-21 2008
The goal of this study was to identify the relationship of at-risk youth workplace appearance to other job performance criteria. Employers (n = 30; each employing from 1 to 17 youths) evaluated 178 at-risk high school youths who completed a paid summer employment experience. Appearance evaluations were significantly correlated with evaluations of written communication (r = 0.383; p less than 0.01) and initiative (r = 0.350; p less than 0.01). Appearance, oral communication, and written communication are all objectively observable. Initiative requires a more subjective judgment. It seems clear that employers are making connections among the different types of skills associated with effective job performance. Norms related to effective job performance can be learned through training. Job preparation training for high school students encourages them to develop internal and external assets related to career self-efficacy. Job preparation training is an essential responsibility for FCS teachers and professionals who provide work opportunities for youths. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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