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Occupational career patterns and work and life wellness.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2006 (English)In: The South African Conference on Positive Psychology: Individual, Social and Work Wellness: Potchefstroom, 3-7 April, 2006., 2006Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This study aimed at identifying and describing occupational career patterns (OCPs) from age 16 to 43 by applying optimal matching techniques to sequence data obtained from a sample of Swedish women. Women’s occupational trajectories were found to be diverse. Upward mobility (3 patterns) and stable careers (4 patterns) were prevalent, but there were also women characterized by downward mobility, fluctuation and being outside the labor market (1 pattern each). Women’s OCPs were related to family of origin, but more strongly to their overall life career (i.e., multiple role constellations over the life course). The study indicates that occupational mobility patterns do matter in terms of job perceptions, work attitudes, and quality of life. The results generally confirm the popular belief of the advantage of upward mobility, followed by stable occupational careers, whereas women with downward or fluctuating careers fared worst.

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occupational career pattern, occupational mobility, life career
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-21369OAI: diva2:187895
Available from: 2007-12-10 Created: 2007-12-10Bibliographically approved

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