Working more than 20 hours a week in high school has harmful effects

2012-02-07 13:55:04 by Andrea Joliet, Assistant Director, Interactive Marketing & PR, as posted on the blog.

As a parent of a working teen, I pay close attention to studies that investigate the academic and social impact of teens who hold down jobs.  The most recent study, published in Child Development*, found that teens who work more than 20 hours a week while in high school are at higher risk for academic and behavioral problems.

After all, teens already spend about 35 hours a week in school and 10 hours on homework. Add to this the time spent on extracurricular and social activities, and it's easy to see why working more than 20 hours a week is too much.

I'm proud of the fact that my daughter works, but I don't want it to be at the expense of her academic excellence and social life. That's why she isn't allowed to work more than 10 hours a week during the school year.

In this video, Akron Children's Hospital child psychiatrist Laura Rocker offers some practical advice on how teens can balance their responsibilities and still have a social life.

*Monahan, K., Lee J., & Steinberg L. (January/February 2011). Revisiting the Impact of Part-Time Work on Adolescent Adjustment: Distinguishing Between Selection and Socialization Using Propensity Score Matching. Child Development; 82 (1): 96 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.0153.x

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