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Adolescence and Work by Dorothy Eichorn, David Stern

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5Cultural Boundaries and Minority Youth Orientation Toward Work Preparation

John U. Ogbu

University of California, Berkeley

INTRODUCTION: THE PROBLEM

Transition from adolescence to adulthood in contemporary societies is generally recognized as a difficult and complex task for young people. One area of major concern is the youths’ ability to join the labor force and function as productive members of their society. In the last three decades this problem has received increasing attention from both policymakers and researchers in the United States and other industrial societies (Betsey, Hollister, & Papgeorgiou, 1985; Jenkins, 1983) because of its growing magnitude.

In the United States the problem of youth unemployment has been getting worse since ...

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