Occupational socialization and psychological development: an underemphasized research perspective in industrial psychology

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This article argues for consideration of occupational socialization as a research focus in industrial psychology: the changes that come about in a person through his or her participation in work. Research on occupational socialization takes a developmental perspective, and is a part of life‐span developmental psychology. Specifically, the framework of occupational socialization calls attention to these research questions: The effects of work on a worker's actions outside of the workplace (e.g. the influence of the nature of work on the development of an active or passive approach to life generally); the effects of work on cognition; the effects on emotions; the effects of the work situation on the values of an employee who has just taken on a new role, etc. The perspective of occupational socialization is tied to the methodology of longitudinal research. 1982 The British Psychological Society

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Occupational Psychology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)209-224
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 09.1982
Externally publishedYes