ERIC Number: ED326637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Status Report on Single Parents and Homemakers Programs in New Jersey 1987.
Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ. Life Skills Center.
A study was conducted to produce a graphic representation of (1) the factors that motivate single parents and homemakers in New Jersey toward upward mobility and higher paying jobs and (2) the barriers that these individuals face. Data were collected from 26 sites through 3 mail surveys--demographic data collection form which yielded 101 responses, a 6-month follow-up which yielded 89 responses, and a 1-year follow-up, for which 67 responses were obtained. Program participants identified the availability and use of three services as motivating factors for participation in a single parents and homemakers program; the services were personal counseling, financial information and assistance, and job training. These same services also sustain individuals in employment. Obstacles identified by participants included insufficient financial resources, health care for their families, and child care (the latter not as significant as in previous studies), and lack of resource assessment and use. Participation in single parent and homemaker programs improved the self-esteem and confidence of the clients. The study recommended that women be encouraged to participate in training for nontraditional occupations, that programs continue to provide needed support services even as clients become employed, and that outreach be continued toward younger single parents and homemakers. Fifteen figures are included, and a list of respondents, the survey form, and 10 references are appended. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ. Life Skills Center.
Identifiers: New Jersey
Note: For status reports for other years, see CE 056 363-367.