ANN ARBOR, MI - The old adage "Hard work is good for you" may not apply to some high school students.
At least, not according to a recent University of Michigan study.
Recent research seems to indicate that young adults in their 20s who work long hours during their senior year might not finish college. Furthermore, these students might be more inclined to smoke cigarettes. The study says that by the time the high school grads who worked up to 15 hours a week became 29 years old, over half finished college with a bachelors degree. But, if they worked another 5 hours, the likelihood of completing college diminished. The survey showed that only 20 percent of the students who worked more than 31 hours finished college. The researchers are quick to point out that this shouldn't deter a student from working while in school. But, according the University of Michigan psychologist Jerald Bachman: "The students who seem to do best are those who are able to get and hold a job by the time they are seniors in high school, but who do not work more than 15 hours per week, on average."
(The findings summarized are taken from an article published in Developmental Psychology (2010, December 20; advance online publication, doi: 10.1037/a0021027), entitled "Twelfth-Grade Student Work Intensity Linked to Later Educational Attainment and Substance Use: New Longitudinal Evidence," by Jerald G. Bachman, Jeremy Staff, Patrick M. O'Malley, John E. Schulenberg, and Peter Freedman-Doan.)