Affordable Access

deepdyve-link deepdyve-link
Publisher Website

Advancing career counseling and employment support for survivors: an intervention evaluation.

Authors
  • Davidson, M Meghan
  • Nitzel, Camie
  • Duke, Alysondra
  • Baker, Cynthia M
  • Bovaird, James A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of counseling psychology
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2012
Volume
59
Issue
2
Pages
321–328
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1037/a0027965
PMID: 22506911
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to conduct a replication-based and extension study examining the effectiveness of a 5-week career group counseling intervention, Advancing Career Counseling and Employment Support for Survivors (ACCESS; Chronister, 2008). The present study was conducted in a markedly different geographic region within a larger community as compared with the original investigation conducted by Chronister and McWhirter (2006). Women survivors of intimate partner violence (N = 73) participated in ACCESS, with career-search self-efficacy, perceived career barriers, perceived career supports, anxiety, and depression assessed at preintervention, postintervention, and 8-week follow-up. Women survivors demonstrated significant improvements in career-search self-efficacy and perceived career barriers at postintervention. Moreover, these same improvements were maintained at the 8-week follow-up assessment with the addition of significant improvements in perceived future financial supports, anxiety, and depression compared with preintervention scores. This work replicates the initial findings regarding the effectiveness of ACCESS with respect to career-search self-efficacy (Chronister & McWhirter, 2006) as well as extends the initial research to include improvements in perceived career barriers and perceived career supports. Moreover, the present study extends the work to include the mental health outcomes of anxiety and depression; results demonstrated improvements in these areas at 8-week follow-up. This investigation begins to fill a critical need for evaluated career-focused interventions for the underserved population of women survivors of intimate partner violence.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times