ERIC Number: ED216279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-11
Reference Count: 0
Empowering the Older Job Seeker: Experimental Evaluation of the Older Worker Job Club.
Because older job seekers have been shown to exhibit less job search motivation and competence than other groups, a job club program based on learning and self help principles was developed to empower the older job seeker. Of persons (N=48) who requested assistance from a local area agency on aging, half entered the job club program and half were referred to an older worker specialist at a state employment service, i.e., the control group. Several measures were constructed to assess job club effectiveness in terms of the job club's helpfulness to clients and the client's psychological reactions to the program. Subjects were assessed prior to treatment and again at four, eight, and 12 weeks after treatment. Results revealed that for the older worker, the job club was very effective; at the 12-week follow-up, 74% of job club subjects were employed compared to 22% of the control subjects. Although the job club did not produce higher quality placements, it was significantly superior to the control condition on the income variable, and trends in job satisfaction favored the job club. The data suggest that job club subjects succeed because they increase job search knowledge and report increased helping networks. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Job Club
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Scientific Gerontological Society (34th) and the Scientific & Educational Canadian Association on Gerontology (10th), (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 8-12, 1981).