ERIC Number: ED246359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Factors Predicting Success of Underprivileged Youths in Job Corps Training.
Gallegos, Guillermo E.; Kahn, Marvin W.
While overall, more than 20% of youths are unemployed, more than 50% of minority youths are unemployed. To examine the demographic characteristics of successful and unsuccessful enrollees at the Southwestern Job Corps Center, 125 youths (85 classified as successful, 40 classified as unsuccessful based on their status 9 months after data collection) were administered a 57-item bibliographic questionnaire covering ten areas including school, work, self-concept, and family relations. An analysis of the results showed that ethnicity significantly distinguished successful from unsuccessful trainees. Specifically, the oriental subjects (Vietnam refugees) were 100% successful, the European-Americans were 71% successful, Blacks 67% successful, Mexican-Americans 58% successful, and native Americans 52% successful. Being born out of the region, estimating a long stay in the program, and having been in school or work immediately prior to training were associated with success. The discriminate function analysis significantly discriminated group membership 86% of the time, with the variables of age, ethnicity, level of schooling, and number of siblings providing the highest coefficients. The findings suggest that the Job Corps program does well with individuals with certain characteristics, and must find ways to reach the almost 50% who presently don't benefit from the program. (Author/BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Job Corps
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (64th, Los Angeles, CA, April 5-8, 1984).