ERIC Number: ED262369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
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Video Interventions in Community-Based Job Training for Minority, Young Adult Ex-Offenders.
May, James M.; Keys, Christopher B.
Studies in the area of video training for offenders note the possibilities of modeling as a training method for delinquents. The impact of three job-related, interpersonal skill training programs for 50 Black and Hispanic inner city adolescent and young adult ex-offenders in a community-based employment program was examined. In addition, the impact of test anxiety on trainees' preparation for and adaptation to work was evaluated. Prior to the five experimental sessions, subjects completed the Test Anxiety Scale, Job Interview Skills Questionnaire (JISQ), Efficacy Questionnaire, and the Demographic Questionnaire. All subjects participated in the first desensitization session. For the remaining four sessions, subjects were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: symbolic meaning videotape, video discussion, or best alternative training intervention. Following the last session, subjects completed the JISQ, Identification Questionnaire, and the Efficacy Questionnaire and individually role played a job interview. Follow-up outcome data were obtained from agency placement specialists 30 days after completion of training. The results indicated that the two video interventions (symbolic meaning, video discussion) had essentially equal positive impact on knowledge of and ability to use job interview skills. Test anxiety was found to interfere with performance when trainees were assessed in a mode that differed from their training mode. The findings suggest that a brief community-based video training experience can strengthen the interpersonal skills for job acquisition and retention with adolescent and young adult ex-offenders. (NRB)
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