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Patterns of Work and Schooling in Young Adulthood

Citation

Cooksey, Elizabeth C. & Rindfuss, Ronald R. (2001). Patterns of Work and Schooling in Young Adulthood. Sociological Forum, 16(4), 731-55.

Abstract

If the years of late adolescence and early adulthood are depicted as rocky, disorderly, and experimental, then how should the life course stage that immediately follows be characterized? Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972, we focus on work and school activities in the latter half of the young adult years (ages roughly 25–31) to empirically address whether the diversity of work and schooling patterns diminishes. Finding a lack of orderliness in work and schooling trajectories, and that holding two or more activities simultaneously is quite common, we question how this stage of the life course should be conceptualized. Moving away from the traditional sequential roles approach, we use multinomial logistic regression to differentiate among activity sequences commonly held by young men and women at these ages, and address how family of origin background factors and prior life experiences influence life course experiences in the later 20s and early 30s.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1012842230505

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Sociological Forum

Author(s)

Cooksey, Elizabeth C.
Rindfuss, Ronald R.

Year Published

2001

Volume Number

16

Issue Number

4

Pages

731-55

Reference ID

1864