Part-Time Employment and Problem Behaviors: Evidence From Adolescents in South Korea

Moo Sung LEE, Beatrice Lam, Eunsu Ju, Jenny DEAN

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This study explores the impact of adolescent part-time work experience on problem behaviors in the South Korean context. To achieve this, propensity score matching (PSM) analyses were employed based on data from the Korean Education Employment Panel (KEEP). Results indicate that adolescents' part-time employment during their secondary school years had significantly undesirable effects on drinking and smoking, even after preexisting differences between the two groups (i.e., those adolescents who participated in part-time work and those who did not) were controlled by PSM. However, an insignificant difference was detected in the likelihood of running away from home. Implications of the results are discussed in terms of changes in the meanings of adolescence and of participating in part-time work in South Korea.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-104
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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