ERIC Number: ED076787
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Do the Poor Want to Work? A Social-Psychological Study of Work Orientations.
This study is concerned with understanding the differences and similarities in the work orientations of poor people, welfare recipients and participants in federal work-training programs, as compared with the work orientations of middle-class families having steady employment. Data were gathered from more than 4,000 persons through work orientation scales measuring attitudes, goals, beliefs, and intentions related to work. Structured rating items were prepared to measure participant opinions on the "best way of life" down to the "worst way of life." Each item was classified according to psychological content, and factor analyses were made of all goal items. The questionnaires used, results of the surveys, and the analyses are presented in tabular and narrative form. The author's conclusions challenge the advisability of work requirements for welfare mothers and underscore the need to help the poor succeed in the world of work. (MF)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Factor Analysis, Goal Orientation, Low Income Groups, Measurement Instruments, Middle Class, Occupational Aspiration, Poverty, Social Psychology, Welfare Recipients, Work Attitudes
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Authoring Institution: Brookings Institution, Washington, DC.