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Title: Job-search strategies among teenagers: attributions, work beliefs, and gender

Synopsis: This study investigated the job-search strategies of high school students ( N = 261) in Australia. Respondents differentiated between self-effort (e.g. studying job trends) and external (e.g. seeking help from friends) strategies in seeking employment. Girls were found to be significantly more supportive of both these strategies than were boys. For boys and girls, self-effort strategies were observed to correlate significantly with external attributions for employment (negative association), work ethic beliefs, and job value, while the correlates of external strategies differed for the two sexes. Further analyses showed that when both job-search measures were regressed on the independent predictors, marked differences were noted for males and females. It is concluded that different processes may underly the job-search behaviours of young males and females. Suggestions for further research are noted. Copyright 1995, 1999 Academic Press job-search, strategies, teenagers, attributions, work, beliefs, gender, study, investigated, job-search, strategies, high, school, students, n, 261, australia, respondents, differentiated, self-effort, e, g, studying, job, trends, external, e, g, seeking, help, friends, strategies, seeking, employment, girls, found, significantly, supportive, strategies, boys, boys, girls, self-effort, strategies, observed, correlate, significantly, external, attributions, employment, negative, association, work, ethic, beliefs, job, value, correlates, external, strategies, differed, two, sexes, analyses, showed, job-search, measures, regressed, independent, predictors, marked, differences, noted, males, females, concluded, different, processes, underly, job-search, behaviours, young, males, females, suggestions, research, noted, copyright, 1995, 1999, academic, press,

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