ERIC Number: ED081912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jul-17
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Self-Actuated Work Behavior Among Low-Income People. Final Report.
Thompson, David L.; Miles, Guy H.
In a nationwide study, data about attitudes, behavior, and socioeconomic and personal characteristics were collected from over 6000 low-income people. Both the welfare poor and the working poor were included in the study. The research results are reported in four volumes. This report covers only that part of the results that is relevant to self-actuated work behavior among low-income heads of families. The objective of the study was to determine the attitudes and beliefs of low-income people that affect their position along the welfare-work continuum, and to develop hypotheses concerning which of these attitudes are most likely to affect the success of enrollees in programs such as WIN. Work behavior was found to be related to attitudes toward work, attitudes toward the family, self-image and several personal characteristics. In general, attitudes toward work and toward welfare were found to have little relationship to the work status of these low-income people. On the other hand, degree of self-confidence and attitudes toward the family, particularly attitudes about child care, were found to be very important determinants of employment status. (NTIS)
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Class Attitudes, Employment Level, Family Attitudes, Motivation, Parent Attitudes, Poverty, Self Actualization, Work Attitudes, Working Poor
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: North Star Research and Development Inst., Minneapolis, Minn.