Working and Growing Up in America (July, 2003)
Jeylan T. Mortimer
"Should teenagers have jobs while they're in high school? Doesn't working distract them from schoolwork, cause long-term problem behaviors, and precipitate a 'precocious' transition to adulthood? This report from a remarkable longitudinal study of 1,000 students, followed from the beginning of high school through their mid-twenties, answers, resoundingly, in favor of jobs. Examining a broad range of teenagers, Jeylan Mortimer concludes that high school students who work even as much as half time are better off in many ways than students who don't have jobs at all. Having part-time jobs can increase confidence, foster time management skills, promote vocational exploration, and enhance subsequent academic success." [from the dust jacket]
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 283 pages.
Call number: HD6273.M67 2003