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NCJ Number: 120484 Find in a Library
Title: Family Influences on Transition to the Adult Job Market -- A Focus on Non-College Bound Youth
Author(s): R I Lerman; T Ooms
Corporate Author: William T. Grant Foundation
Cmssn on Work, Family and Citizenship
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 66
Sponsoring Agency: Cmssn on Youth and America's Future
Washington, DC 20036
William T. Grant Foundation
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Cmssn on Youth and America's Future
1001 Connecticut Ave., NW
Suite 301
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper explores family influences on the behavior of non-college bound 18- to 24-year olds as they try to adapt to the adult job market.
Abstract: When they turn 18, American youth are officially recognized as adults, but most 18- to 24-year olds are only semi-independent, and a growing number incur adult responsibilities while still unable to handle them. Many non-college bound youth encounter insurmountable difficulty in finding adequate employment, and become dependent on State support. Public policies for improving the youths' transition into the adult job market should consider influences from both their families of origin and families they create. Through a selected review of social science literature, and telephone interviews, this study examines the dilemma of income support versus the inevitable incentives or disincentives for gaining independence, and concludes that policies should be more long-term, and that parental involvement can be instrumental to improving youth employability. Results indicate that black and Hispanic youth are more likely to live with relatives than are white youth; that over 92 percent of all black, Hispanic, and white young men with a wife and child are working; and that absent fathers are no more likely to be working than are childless young men. Research reveals a link between parents' welfare and the children's difficulties in the adult job market. Notes, references, 6 tables.
Main Term(s): Home environment; Youth employment
Index Term(s): Low income target groups; Minority employment; Welfare services
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