Title

Career Decision-Making Intervention With Unemployed Adults: When Good Intentions Are Not Effective

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2014

Department

Psychology

Abstract

This study adapted existing empirically supported interventions to explore options for serving large numbers of unemployed adults. Participants included 150 unemployed adults (72 experimental group, 78 control group) seeking employment office services to maintain U.S. federal unemployment compensation. A 1-hour workshop was offered to the 72 experimental group participants. The same career development variables were assessed during data collection for both groups. Results revealed the workshop had no impact on negative career thinking and potentially increased career decision-making difficulties in the experimental group. Intervention effectiveness issues, implications for future research, and intervention options with unemployed adults are discussed.

Publication Title

JOURNAL OF EMPLOYMENT COUNSELING

Volume

51

Issue

1

First Page

16

Last Page

30