ERIC Number: ED192208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Displaced Homemaker: A State-of-the-Art Review.
Vinick, Barbara H.; Jacobs, Ruth H.
The movement to aid displaced homemakers began in 1975 and local programs received funding support from state legislation, Vocational Education, and CETA. There are no definitive statistics on the number of displaced homemakers in the country although the Department of Labor has estimated the number at 4.13 million. Information from 136 local programs reveals that most are affiliated with secondary or post-secondary educational institutions and were established within the last 18 months. Programs reported contact with over 26,500 displaced homemakers, indicating they could serve more. Half the programs had multiple funding and budgets between $25,000 and $75,000. Most offer job readiness workshops, skills and career assessment, and individual and group counseling. Displaced homemakers need more job-specific training, financial support while in training, and opportunities in nontraditional occupations. Although displaced homemakers lack confidence in their own abilities, employers are satisfied with their work. The focus of the movement should remain with middle-aged and older women. There is a need for training of displaced homemaker advisors, counselors, and instructors. Program evaluations should consider funding, outreach, services offered, and methods of providing services. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.