ERIC Number: ED290934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Career Development of Single Parents. Information Series No. 324.
Burge, Penny L.
The number of single-parent families has increased dramatically. These families are subject to extreme economic problems and thus are in special need of career development and vocational preparation. Displaced homemakers are at a disadvantage inasmuch as they must reenter the work force; moreover, they face the additional career development hurdles of an external locus of control and low self-esteem. Adolescent mothers generally face the problems of diminished educational and vocational achievement and limited or no access to child care. Although single-parent fathers generally have a healthier economic status than their female counterparts, they often find their sole child-rearing role conflicting with their work expectations and must often fill social roles for which they have not been prepared. Effective career development programs for these special needs groups need a variety of components, including the following: emotional support, job-seeking skills, basic skills instruction, outreach and recruitment, child care, analysis of the role of gender in occupational choice, self-concept building, skills assessment, challenges of combining work and family roles, nontraditional job skills, and parenthood education. Examples of successful programs that have been tailored to single-parent audiences include high school dropout prevention programs for pregnant teens and teen parents, special programs catering to nontraditional adult students at established educational sites, support and referral networks linking a variety of community agencies and services, and newsletters geared toward single parents. (SK)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Basic Skills, Career Development, Displaced Homemakers, Dropout Prevention, Educational Needs, Employment Problems, Family Life, Fatherless Family, Fathers, Information Networks, Job Training, Motherless Family, Nontraditional Occupations, One Parent Family, Parenthood Education, Poverty, Prevocational Education, Self Concept, Sex Role
National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Publications Office, Box F, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (Order No. IN324--$5.25).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.