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ERIC Number: EJ841715
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-1050-9674
Predictors of Stable Employment among Female Inmates in New Jersey: Implications for Successful Reintegration
Blitz, Cynthia L.
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, v43 n1 p1-22 2006
The ability of inmates to secure stable, legal employment for themselves upon release from prison has been shown to be a crucial element for successful community reintegration. These individuals, however, often fail to find employment due to a multitude of personal, relational, structural, and institutional barriers. Formerly incarcerated women are particularly disadvantaged in this respect, given their high rates of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders, and history of domestic violence in conjunction with low educational attainment and limited employment skills. The main goal of the current study was to delineate the relative importance of a variety of personal factors as determinants of stable employment for female inmates. Data were collected as part of a population survey of female inmates in New Jersey (N = 908). Female inmates who volunteered to participate in this study were asked to complete a short survey that included questions about their educational and work histories, their work skills, as well as their history of need in and treatment for behavioral health services. Findings from this study underscore the importance of both education and treatment for behavioral health problems as key determinants of stable employment. Recommendations for possible interventions are addressed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey