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Emerging Adults’ Representations of Work: A Qualitative Research in Seven Countries

Abstract : With the recent evolution of the labor market, emerging adults with no diploma are particularly exposed to unsatisfying jobs and barriers to access decent work. The aim of the research was to identify their representations of work, based on the psychology of emerging adulthood and the psychology of working theory. Differences related to each country’s level of development and to the work situations met by the participants were expected. Ten emerging adults aged 20–25 were interviewed in seven countries (N = 70). Data were processed using a thematic content analysis. The results stress that these emerging adults associate “decent work” with two specific qualities: the extent to which work allows survival needs to be met and the experience of positive social relationships in the workplace. This article discusses the similarities and differences in their representations of work and their role on identity development.
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Valérie Cohen-Scali, Jonas Masdonati, Soazig Disquay-Perot, Marcelo Afonso Ribeiro, Guðbjörg Vilhjálmsdóttir, et al.. Emerging Adults’ Representations of Work: A Qualitative Research in Seven Countries. Emerging Adulthood, Sage;Society for Study of Emerging Adulthood, 2020, ⟨10.1177/2167696820963598⟩. ⟨hal-03099998⟩



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