Date of Award

7-1-1998

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Professor Naomi T. Ward

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe the efficacy of job training skills on a homeless male's employability and life satisfaction. A single system intervention was used with an African American homeless man who was a patient at the Grady Health System. The intervention was to teach the skills necessary for this client to secure employment thereby increasing the quality of living standard. The client agreed to fully participate in six Job Training Modules which lasted over a two week period. At the conclusion of the sessions, the client also agreed to apply for three jobs using the newly acquired skills.

The client's life satisfaction was measured before, during and after the intervention period to determine if his satisfaction with his life circumstances improved with the advent of learning skills necessary to secure employment. Furthermore, the client's knowledge of how to conduct a formal job search was assessed before and after the intervention using a measurement designed to track his knowledge in this area. The client was able to move from homelessness to employment and also showed an increase in his life satisfaction as a result.

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