Date of this Version

January 1996

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Berthelsen, D., & Power, M. (1996). Working all the while. Journal of Applied Social Behaviour, 3(1), 44-58 Reproduced with the kind permission of The Journal of Applied Social Behaviour ©School of Social Science, Queensland University of Technology, 1996.


Many higher education students work part-time in order to support their studies. One hundred Education students, predominantly female, in their third and fourth years of study completed a survey focussed on the extent of their work commitments and the nature of other financial support. Students were working, on average, 17 hours per week in up to three jobs. Parents or partners were the next most important source of income. At a time when the Commonwealth Government is introducting fees for higher education courses and requiring an increase in student contributions to the HECS, this study provides support for the conclusion that increased financial demands on students would result in lower participation in higher education, increased stress and less involvement in study.



This document has been peer reviewed.


To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.