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Employment trajectory of student workers and OHS: treatment and validation of the data from the E16 collection of the Québec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (QLSCD 2013)


According to Institut de la statistique du Québec data, the workforce participation of young students is rising. A study of 63,196 high school students showed that 43% held a job at the time of the study and 14% worked 16 hours or more per week.

The Québec Longitudinal Study of Child Development (QLSCD) was designed to improve knowledge on child and youth development. The study was divided into three phases:
- Phase 1 was conducted on a cohort of 2,120 Québec infants who were followed annually from the age of 5 months to about 4 years
- Phase 2 followed 1,500 children who participated in the study, annually, from preschool to Grade 2
- Phase 3 focused on following young people throughout their high school years, i.e. from age 13 to 17.
The information collected during Phase 3 will enable continued measurement of various aspects of youth social and academic adaptation. New realities that may emerge during adolescence will be assessed, particularly work-school-leisure balance.

From the perspective of preventing work-related injuries, this activity is meant to collect evidence on the characteristics and trajectories of young people who enter the workforce early.
In addition, a master data file based on the Québec Longitudinal Study of Child Development QLSCD 1998-2013 will be produced. The data will be used to shed light on the employment conditions, work environment and injuries reported by young adolescents.