ERIC Number: ED351407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Improved Work Readiness, Work Attitudes, Interpersonal Relations, and Work Quality among Substance Abusers Attending the New Leaf Program.
Guagenti-Tax, Elena; Mulvihill, Lee
This paper describes an evaluation of a prevocational Work Experience Project called New Leaf, which offers unemployed homeless men and women the opportunity to acquire essential work-related social and employment skills in connection with vocational and educational services and drug-free treatment in a therapeutic community. The evaluation covers 11 months during which 142 men and women received on-site work experience and prevocational training while living in 18-month residential therapeutic communities that provide drug treatment services, transitional housing, and support services. The evaluation used a description evaluation approach with multiple outcome measures to assess changes that occurred as a result of project participation. Data collection consisted of information provided by participants in interviews with a trained research assistant, repeated measure ratings made by project staff using seven test instruments, and employment and housing status information. Results indicate that: (1) 61 percent of the participants remained in the program for the first 21 days; (2) 87 percent of 90 eligible participants maintained a positive Work Experience rating for 7 of 13 weeks; (3) 28 percent of 90 eligible participants made measurable progress toward employment; and (4) of 2 participants who completed the program and were eligible to seek outside employment and permanent housing, 1 was able to find a stable job and both found permanent housing. Included are eight tables. (JB)
Descriptors: Drug Rehabilitation, Employment Experience, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Homeless People, Interpersonal Relationship, Job Training, Milieu Therapy, Prevocational Education, Program Evaluation, Supported Employment, Therapeutic Environment, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Evaluation, Work Attitudes, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Argus Community, Inc., Bronx, NY.
Identifiers: New Leaf Program; Work Values
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Evaluation Research Study (15th, Wilmington, DE, May 18, 1992).