Adolescents' occupational and family life discourses: between dream and reality

Nowadays, one of the main challenges women must face when making or trying to make a professional choice for life is the conciliation between family life and professional life. In spite of the relevance of this topic in books about career management, scarcity of research about it during adolescence is still evident. This study aims at assessing the consciousness of this process in adolescent girls, as well as how they cope with that task, when they project themselves into the future. Data were collected from nineteen semi-structured interviews carried out with Portuguese girls attending an urban high school in the north of Portugal. The analysis and discussion of results have been conducted with the support of discourse analysis.

Career; Gender; Adolescence; Discourse analysis

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