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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Scot M. Allgood


This research explored the association between positive employment outcome (getting a job above poverty wage) and several intake variables for women in transition. The variables (self-esteem, anxiety and/or depression, pretreatment change, family functioning, community/social support, and counseling and assertiveness classes) were identified from the literature for their probable association with positive employment outcome. The intervention of taking an assertiveness class was statistically associated with positive employment outcome. The other variables appear to be linked to positive employment outcome in the direction hypothesized, although none of them reached statistical significance.

The demographic variables of family size and employment status at intake were significantly associated with positive employment outcome. A discriminant analysis indicated that women with larger family size and greater self-esteem who are unemployed and take an assertiveness class were more likely to experience positive employment outcome.