A previous version of this article was presented at the 2010 Meeting of the Population Association of America. This research uses data from Add Health, a program project designed by J. Richard Udry, Peter S. Bearman, and Kathleen Mullan Harris, and funded by a grant P01-HD31921 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, with cooperative funding from 17 other agencies. Special acknowledgment is due to Ronald R. Rindfuss and Barbara Entwisle for assistance in the original design. Persons interested in obtaining data files from Add Health should contact Add Health, Carolina Population Center, 123 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2524 (firstname.lastname@example.org). No direct support was received from grant P01-HD31921 for this analysis. Jeremy Staff is grateful for support from a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award in Population Research from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (HD054467).
Adolescent Work Experiences and Family Formation Behavior
Version of Record online: 20 SEP 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence © 2011 Society for Research on Adolescence
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 150–164, March 2012
How to Cite
Staff, J., VanEseltine, M., Woolnough, A., Silver, E. and Burrington, L. (2012), Adolescent Work Experiences and Family Formation Behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22: 150–164. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2011.00755.x
- Issue online: 17 FEB 2012
- Version of Record online: 20 SEP 2011
- Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Grant Number: HD054467
A long-standing critique of adolescent employment is that it engenders a precocious maturity of more adult-like roles and behaviors, including school disengagement, substance use, sexual activity, inadequate sleep and exercise, and work-related stress. Though negative effects of high-intensity work on adolescent adjustment have been found, little research has addressed whether such work experiences are associated with precocious family formation behaviors in adolescence, such as sexual intercourse, pregnancy, residential independence, and union formation. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we find that teenagers who spend long hours on the job during the school year are more likely to experience these family formation behaviors earlier than youth who work moderately or not at all.