Behavioural plasticity and mental health outcomes for long-term unemployed attending occupational training programmes

Creed, P. A. and Hicks, R. E. and Machin, M. A. (1998) Behavioural plasticity and mental health outcomes for long-term unemployed attending occupational training programmes. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 71 (2). pp. 171-191. ISSN 0963-1798

Abstract

This paper reports on immediate and delayed mental health outcomes for a group of long-term unemployed individuals who attended occupational skills/personal development training courses. Results for participants were compared with a waiting-list control group. Outcomes investigated were well-being (depression, psychological distress, self-esteem, life-satisfaction, guilt, anger, helplessness), attitude to work (employment expectations, employment commitment, employment value) and life-situation (social support, financial strain, use of community resources). Immediate benefits were identified for five of the well-being and one attitude-to-work variables. Few gains persisted at follow-up. Behavioural plasticity effects for well-being and attitude-to-work variables were identified by comparing outcomes for participants who had lower scores prior to the course with participants who reported higher scores at that time.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2014 04:40
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/13683

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