The impact of adolescent work on parent-child relationships: A multi-generational approach among hospitality family businesses

TELLING, Richard and MARTIN, Emma (2022). The impact of adolescent work on parent-child relationships: A multi-generational approach among hospitality family businesses. Hospitality and Society.

[img] PDF (12 month embargo)
Telling-TheImpactOfAdolescentWork(AM).pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 1 January 2050.
All rights reserved.

Download (352kB)
Related URLs:

    Abstract

    Business owning parents face the decision of whether to involve their own children in the family business. Employing family members for little or no wages is widely documented in the hospitality and tourism industries, though children’s role in such businesses is often missing from the literature. This paper seeks to address this gap by exploring parental motives for involving children in the family business and the impact of such decisions on parent-child relationships in later life. The paper adopts a multi-generational approach, comparing both parent’s and children’s accounts of adolescent work performed at the family business. The research findings are based on semi-structured interviews with 19 individuals across five restaurant owning families. The paper concludes that parental motives for adolescent work are a composition of convenience, economic gain, and an attempt to educate the next generation. We further argue that adolescent work serves as an ‘imprinting’ mechanism and demonstrate that children perceive their family business involvement to be a purely economic endeavour when their parents neglect to practice imprinting. The research findings indicate that when this happens, offspring recall their adolescent work experience negatively and it is detrimental to parent-child relationships. The originality of the paper stems from the research findings which are based on interviews among adults who recalled their past experiences of adolescent work, thus allowing the longer lasting impact of adolescent work on parent-child relationships to be explored, whereas previous work adopting a similar focus has been conducted among adolescents.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: child labour; adolescent work; family business; imprinting; parent-child relationships; multi-generational approach
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2022 17:00
    Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 17:00
    URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31002

    Actions (login required)

    View Item View Item

    Downloads

    Downloads per month over past year

    View more statistics