ERIC Number: ED067499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Part-Time Social Workers in Public Welfare.
Catalyst, New York, NY.
A demonstration project in Boston, Massachusetts, designed to meet critical needs in public service by providing part-time jobs for able women with families, chose 50 mature women college graduates from over 1,500 who were interested and 173 who were interviewed. Working half-time for 2 years in the State Department of Public Welfare, they performed exceptionally well, carrying an average of 42 family cases compared to an average of 78 cases by the full timers, with 89 percent as many personal contacts--fewer home contacts, but more telephone and office contacts. The attrition rate was 14 percent, about one third that of the full-timers, due to their maturity, commitment, and other personal factors. A 6-month feasibility study following a national survey developed recruiting procedures and chose a site for the program which was sponsored by Catalyst, a national non-profit educational service organization. The typical woman recruit was a 45-year-old mother with three teenage children and an annual family income of between $15,000 and $20,000. This differed from the full-timers, who were 29.4 years old on the average, 32 percent of whom were married. Professional training and program acceptance by the full-timers insured its success and helped make flexible job scheduling for women an accepted practice. (AG)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spaulding-Potter Trust, Concord, NH.; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Catalyst, New York, NY.