ERIC Number: ED326638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Status Report on Single Parents and Homemakers Programs in New Jersey 1988-1989.
Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ. Life Skills Center.
A study was conducted to identify the factors that lead single parents and homemakers to choose nontraditional job training and the barriers they encounter in this effort. Data were collected from 14 sites in New Jersey through a mailed survey of 73 single parent/homemaker program clients and 10 program directors. The survey found that the population of single parents and homemakers is growing younger and poorer, with fewer clients having ever been married. Factors attracting women to nontraditional job training were found to be: (1) opportunities to get acquainted with female role models in nontraditional occupations; (2) group awareness sessions; (3) support groups to nurture and sustain women in nontraditional training; and (4) opportunities to link with counselors during training and the initial employment period. Barriers facing single parents included lack of financial support, child care, and transportation. Many single parents and homemakers also had low self-esteem and were unable to set long-term goals. The study recommended that future programs serving this population should offer personal counseling, assertiveness workshops, and a series of short-term job training experiences terminating in preparation for nontraditional occupations. (Twelve figures are included, and survey instruments, program site map, and 15 references are provided.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Community Programs, Displaced Homemakers, Females, Job Training, Motivation, Needs, Nontraditional Occupations, One Parent Family, Participant Characteristics, Problems, Program Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, State Programs, Vocational Education
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 056 363-366.