ERIC Number: ED335469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-26
Reference Count: N/A
Job Training and Fulfillment Study. An Examination of Aspirations, Needs and Solutions for ADC Mothers in the Cincinnati, Ohio Area. Final Report.
Innovative Consultants, Inc., Cincinnati, OH.
A study was conducted to provide much-needed, in-depth qualitative information and direction regarding the experiences, attitudes, value systems, and aspirations of various segments of the Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) recipients. Eight focus groups, each composed of 8 to 10 persons, were conducted in May 1990 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Discussion centered on motivations and barriers that may limit participation in and retention of welfare clients in job training programs and impact of welfare reforms. Many respondents battled feelings of depression, despair, and even rage stemming from life experiences and dealings with the welfare system. Many frustrations revolved around welfare caseworkers. Discussion about the new mandatory assessment and participation regulations for ADC mothers was charged with apprehension. Differences in involvement with job training and education appeared between county and city residents. A more humane and productive service approach and better guidance counseling were recommended. (Following a 10-page executive summary is a section giving detailed findings, many in the respondents' own words, regarding respondents' backgrounds; current state of life; perceptions of the welfare system; setting and reaching goals; experience and perceptions of the Ohio Works Program and Hamilton County Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA); and experiences and perceptions of the City JTPA. Appendixes include lists of long-term goals, needs, and solutions; a discussion guide; and a focus group screening instrument.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Innovative Consultants, Inc., Cincinnati, OH.
Identifiers: Aid to Families with Dependent Children; Job Training Partnership Act 1982; Ohio (Cincinnati); Ohio Works Program