ERIC Number: ED289928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Survival Skills Workshops for Urban Women.
Thurston, Linda P.; Greenwood, Charles R.
Survival Skills for Urban Women is a series of 10 3-hour workshops designed for low-income minority women. The workshops cover the following topics: (1) assertiveness; (2) personal health; (3) nutrition; (4) money management; (5) child management; (6) legal rights; (7) self-advocacy; (8) crisis coping; (9) community resources; and (10) re-entry to the world of work and education. A total of 31 women participated in three survival skills training groups involved in three studies over a period of three years. The program was improved as 28 groups (over 300 women) were trained in the Kansas City (Kansas) area. Using evaluation measures of workshop unit tests, direct observations of participant behavior (studies 1 and 2 only), direct observations of facilitator behavior, take-home practice projects completed, and attendance at sessions, for process, outcome and participant satisfaction, it was demonstrated that the survival skills were effectively mastered and that improved versions of the program increased participants' application of the program content to their everyday lives. The program offers the opportunity for women to acquire key skills and to develop social networks, which guard against the isolation so common in urban environments. The model is being disseminated to community agencies that deal with women. Five tables and seven figures present definitions and statistical data. (VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Bureau of Child Research.