4 - Adolescence Adolescents and Work Adolescents and...

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Adolescence 5/4/2010 Adolescents and Work Adolescents and part-time work Trend in the last 60 years in U.S.—high school students working part-time o Before WW2, adolescents were either students or workers o After WW2, student who works part-time o Now more common for students to work than not to work Slightly more common for middle/upper-class teens to work than poor teens; more common for white than ethnic minorities o Employment lowest for African Americans in HS o White students live closer to places where they can get jobs (suburbs) o Equal number of boys and girls o HS Seniors: 2/3-3/4 work part-time during school year Other industrialized countries o Students our age do not work at all (follow norm before WW2) Work and academic performance In HS and college working more than 20 hours/week is associated with lower grades (for tenth graders, working more than 14 hours/week) No correlation between grades and work (with less than 20 hours/week) Work and other behaviors:
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