ERIC Number: ED195653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Displaced Homemakers in Connecticut. Surveys and Evaluation of Services.
Palm, Kathleen; Shepela, Sharon Toffey
An estimated 64,490 displaced homemakers (primarily middle-aged women who have been full-time homemakers but who have lost their source of support through divorce, death, or abandonment of a spouse) live in Connecticut, and many of them need job services, counseling, and assertiveness training in order to find jobs and lead self-sufficient lives, a survey found. The survey was conducted via a mailed questionnaire to 400 social service agencies or groups, asking them to describe their services to their clients. From the 133 responses received, 60 agencies were selected to receive a more detailed questionnaire, to which 45 responded. In addition, a profile of displaced homemakers was drawn from an analysis of 4,500 files of women clients of The Counseling Center over the past ten years. Responses from the agencies indicated that at least 80 percent of their women clients lack skills, self-confidence, recent paid work experience, training, or education needed to obtain a job. Other problems faced by at least 50 percent of the women include lack of adequate child care, lack of transportation, emotional problems, age discrimination, low motivation, lack of available training, and lack of after-school care for children. The survey also showed that displaced homemakers frequently used job services and support services when they were available, although such services were provided for only a miniscule number of women. The report recommends increased services and increased funding for existing services. (KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Career Change, Career Counseling, Counseling Services, Displaced Homemakers, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Females, Job Placement, Job Search Methods, Job Training, Middle Aged Adults, Models, Needs Assessment, Problems, Questionnaires, Social Agencies, Social Services
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hartford Coll. for Women, CT. Counseling Center.; Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford. Div. of Vocational Education.
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