Adolescent self‐concept: Effects of being employed, unemployed or returning to school

W.Patton W.PattonWendyW.Patton W.PattonWendy (1990) Adolescent self‐concept: Effects of being employed, unemployed or returning to school. Australian Journal of Psychology, 42 3: 247-259. doi:10.1080/00049539008260123

Author W.Patton W.PattonWendyW.Patton W.PattonWendy
Title Adolescent self‐concept: Effects of being employed, unemployed or returning to school
Journal name Australian Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-9536
Publication date 1990-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00049539008260123
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 42
Issue 3
Start page 247
End page 259
Total pages 13
Language eng
Subject 3200 Psychology
Abstract In order to provide further information on the effects of unemployment on the adolescent self‐concept, a sample of students was initially tested in their final year of compulsory schooling and then again in yearly intervals for two years, during which time the adolescents had either returned to school (n = 129), or become employed (n = 47), or unemployed(n = 40). Responses to a multidimensional measure of self‐concept, the Offer Self‐image Questionnaire (OSIQ), and a measure of depression, the Children's Depression Scale, were obtained. Small differences between the three groups were found while the adolescents were at school at Time 1. At Times 2 and 3, significant differences were found, with the unemployed young people having a less positive self‐image than either of the other groups. Analyses across time revealed significant time by employment group interactions, which were less evident for Time 2 to Time 3 than for Time 1 to Time 2. Results clearly indicate the negative experience of unemployment for young people and highlight the positive experience of gaining employment. There was minimal change in the self‐concept of those young people who returned to school. The importance of longitudinal studies over a longer period and the value of using differentiated measures in unemployment research is reiterated. 1990 Australian Psychological Society
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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