Women's occupational career patterns over 27 years: relations to family of origin, life careers, and wellness
2007 (English)In: Journal of Vocational Behavior, ISSN 0001-8791, E-ISSN 1095-9084, Vol. 70, no 2, 369-397 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 70, no 2, 369-397 p.
Occupational career pattern, Occupational mobility, Life career, Family of origin, Occupational history, Work attitudes, Job perceptions, Quality of life
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-22837DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2006.12.003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-22837DiVA: diva2:189605