Motivating the unemployed? Attitudes at the front line

McDonald, Catherine and Marston, Gregory J. (2008) Motivating the unemployed? Attitudes at the front line. Australian Social Work, 61 4: 315-326. doi:10.1080/03124070802428167

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Author McDonald, Catherine
Marston, Gregory J.
Title Motivating the unemployed? Attitudes at the front line
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-407X; 1447-074
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03124070802428167
Volume 61
Issue 4
Start page 315
End page 326
Total pages 12
Editor Christine Bigby
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Subject C1
940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified
160512 Social Policy
1607 Social Work
Formatted abstract
Underlying employment services policy in many countries is the assumption that the unemployed exhibit a range of deficits. The goal of employment activation programs is to develop self-efficacy. Noting the determinants of self-efficacy, we illustrate how case managers and social workers think about the unemployed and suggest that negative attitudes held by case managers are not conducive to the promotion of self-efficacy, unlike the orientation displayed by social workers. We suggest that employment services, wherever provided, would be significantly improved if social work frameworks informed policy and practices.
©2008 Australian Association of Social Workers
Keyword Case Management
Neoliberalism
Human Service Workers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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