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ERIC Number: ED587529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 68
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-0-4381-3351-8
Does Vocational Rehabilitation Increase Sense of Empowerment in Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence? A Program Evaluation
Jain, Divya
ProQuest LLC, Psy.D. Dissertation, Roosevelt University
This program evaluation explored whether the transitional vocational rehabilitation program at a non-profit organization in Tennessee, named Thistle Farms, was effective in improving trauma-related mental health symptoms and in increasing the sense of empowerment among female survivors of intimate partner violence. The study additionally evaluated whether the following workplace social factors impacted the survivors' mental health and sense of empowerment: sense of inclusion in the workplace and perception of availability of social supports. Thirty-one volunteer members of Thistle Farms participated in this study. They ranged in age from 22 to 61 years old and primarily self-identified with African American or Caucasian ethnicity. All participants identified multiple types of exposure to trauma, and the majority reported that these traumatic experiences began in childhood. The program evaluation was conducted using an anonymous 160-question electronic survey that comprised of the Coping Competence Questionnaire, the Self Esteem Rating Form, the General Health Questionnaire -- 28, the Inclusion Exclusion Scale, the Interpersonal Supports Evaluation List, demographic questions, and an additional 19 questions specifically targeting programmatic goals identified by Thistle Farms. The small sample size resulted in the lack of statistical power required to draw strong conclusions. Further, the survey yielded non-significant results with respect to improvement in mental health symptoms or sense of empowerment. Despite these limitations, the program evaluation offered insights which may inform future program development and research. It identified that Thistle Farms' strength is in creating an emotionally supportive environment, and that an area for growth is in ensuring that gains are sustained once members graduate. The study also highlighted the difficulty of conducting robust studies with trauma survivors and the need for measures that are validated for use with trauma survivors. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee