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The working lives of high school students : achievement versus financial reward

1 August 1998


After-school employment, among high school students, is a rapidly increasing
phenomenon. This research was focused on determining why students secure after school employment and the effects this employment has upon their lives. Data was collected from five classes using two instruments, a questionnaire and a short personal interview. The findings were consistent with most of the literature. Students in the sample reported that they worked primarily to earn discretionary income. Students reported a number of negative effects on their lives, both in and out of school. The author believes this information will help students, parents, teachers, and administrators make informed decisions on the topic of after-school work.


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