ERIC Number: ED351543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Demographic Profile and Needs Assessment of Single Parents and Homemakers in New Jersey Vocational Education Programs 1990-1991.
Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ. Life Skills Center.
A 5-year (1986-91) follow-up needs assessment was conducted to evaluate current single parent and displaced homemaker programs in New Jersey. Suggestions were offered to help them continue effectively helping the changing target population attain long-term economic self-sufficiency. Recommendations made in response to specific findings included the following: (1) taking aggressive measures to motivate single parents and displaced homemakers to obtain a high school diploma or equivalent and acquire marketable skills; (2) using various marketing strategies to create awareness of and encourage participation in such programs; (3) providing female role models in nontraditional occupations; (4) providing prevention programs to discourage teen parenting and parent education; (5) expanding support services; (6) providing individual and group counseling; (7) providing additional services in nontraditional training programs; and (8) developing statewide policies that ensure consistent networking of appropriate services. A cross-sectional descriptive survey obtained data via a mailed questionnaire from 12 single parent and displaced homemaker program sites. The sample was composed of 190 respondents. Findings indicated that over the last 5 years, the profile has changed. The single parent/displaced homemaker was younger, never married, living at or below the poverty level, and enrolled in traditional job training programs. (Appendixes include 13 references, program locations and addresses, and instrument.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Ancillary School Services, Displaced Homemakers, Economically Disadvantaged, Heads of Households, Job Training, Needs Assessment, Networks, Nontraditional Occupations, One Parent Family, Poverty, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, State Programs, Vocational Education, Womens 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