|Gabriel, a high school junior, enjoys working the concession stand at the local movie theater on Friday and Saturday nights. He earns a little money for college, hangs out with his friends, and gets to watch movies for free. He even got a pay raise because of his strong work ethic and positive attitude. But when his supervisor asked him if he would be willing to work after school some days, Gabriel hesitated. The extra money would be great, but how would he finish all of his homework?
Research shows that having a job as a teenager can be a valuable experience, teaching responsibility and time management skills, as well as providing a paycheck. However, managing a job and school can be a tough balancing act.
(*) This fact sheet is based on a comprehensive review of the scientific literature, including computer searches of major bibliographic databases (e.g., PsycINFO, MEDLINE/PubMed, EBSCOhost) for epidemiological studies that evaluated what factors make boys more or less prone to certain outcomes. The literature search was limited to scholarly journal articles and government documents published in 2000 and later unless an article was a seminal piece in the field or contributed to tracking trends over time. The statistics provided are from the most recent year for which data were available. Where possible, data related specifically to boys are included, but when these data were not available, data on youth, ages 10 to 18, are provided.