ERIC Number: EJ905235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
Transition to Work: Effects of Preparedness and Goal Construction on Employment and Depressive Symptoms
Koivisto, Petri; Vuori, Jukka; Vinokur, Amiram D.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v20 n4 p869-892 Dec 2010
This study examines the mediating role of employment preparedness in improving employment, mental health, and construction of work-life goals among young vocational school graduates who participated in the School-to-Work effectiveness trial. The trial included a 1-week intervention program that focused on enhancing employment preparedness. In this trial, 416 graduates of secondary vocational institutes were randomized into a control and experimental group. All the study participants were assessed at baseline, immediately after the intervention, and 10 months later. The results showed that the School-to-Work intervention increased employment preparedness, which in turn increased employment at the 10-month follow-up. Furthermore, employment predicted work-life-related personal goals and lower financial strain, which in turn was associated with lower depressive symptoms. The implications for theory and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Vocational Schools, Employment, Intervention, Mothers, Graduates, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Role, Mental Health, Education Work Relationship, Prediction, Goal Orientation, Financial Problems, Theory Practice Relationship
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Education Level: Secondary Education
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