After-school employment among students is a rapidly increasing phenomenon. The research was focused upon determining why students take after-school jobs and the effects they report this employment has upon their lives. Data was collected from a five classrooms using two instruments, a survey and short personal interviews. The findings were consistent with most of the literature. Students in the sample reported working primarily to earn discretionary income(income which IS "economically unnecessary"). Students reported a multitude of negative effects upon their lives both in and out of school. The author believes this information will help students, parents, teacher, and administrators to make informed decisions on the topic of after-school work.
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