ERIC Number: ED267262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Displaced Homemaker Job Seeking and Job Keeping Research Project. Final Report.
Heatherly, Jeannie; Cox, Ann
A project studied 30 displaced homemakers who had participated successfully in the Jefferson County (Kentucky) Public Schools Displaced Homemakers/Non-Traditional Job Exploration Program. Personal interviews were accompanied by a statistical sheet, gathering the individual history of the interviewee. All persons interviewed felt their situations were much improved since entry into the program, but lingering insecurities were evident. Most first jobs were low paying with difficult working hours and few benefits. Many participants had one or two jobs that had not worked out. During the first year on the job, displaced homemakers commonly felt very insecure. Self-esteem and self-confidence were practically non-existent at point of program entry. Self-assessment, personal skill building, and study of employability skills were effective as combined in Job Seeking Skills for Displaced Homemakers classes. The project indicated that the class would be more effective if expanded to include communication skills, self-image building, etc. The emotional support and encouragement supplied through interactions of students in the classes and in other program activities is vital in establishing self-confidence. Vocational classes were most effective after other confidence-building activities had begun to show results. (The interview schedule and information sheet are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Office of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY.