ERIC Number: EJ1155088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Vocational Interests and Needs of Unemployed, Low-Education Adults with Severe Substance Abuse Problems in Anchorage, Alaska
Johnson, Mark E.; Reynolds, Grace; Fisher, Dennis G.; Harbke, Colin R.
International Journal of Adult Vocational Education and Technology, v2 n2 Article 1 p1-10 2011
Vocational assessment data were collected from 94 low-education adults with severe substance abuse problems not currently in treatment. Participants completed the My Vocational Situation (MVS), Self-Directed Search (SDS), and Reading-Free Vocational Interest Inventory (R-FVII). Lower scores than the normative sample were revealed on all MVS scales, with scores for men being significantly lower than the normative sample. These findings indicate that these participants, particularly the men, lack a clear and stable view of their occupational future, need information to clarify their occupational options and goals, and perceive multiple barriers in attaining employment. SDS and R-FVII results provide detailed information about these participants' occupational interests and vocational likes and dislikes. These findings highlight vocational counseling and guidance as critical needs for individuals with severe substance abuse problems who are unable or unwilling to seek treatment. Providing vocational services to this out-of-treatment population may be an essential pathway for their long-term recovery.
Descriptors: Vocational Interests, Educational Needs, Substance Abuse, Unemployment, Adults, Severe Disabilities, Interest Inventories, Barriers, Occupational Information, Statistical Analysis, Gender Differences, Educational Attainment
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska