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Title: Assessing readiness to work from a stages of change perspective : implications for return to work
Authors: Lam, CS
Wiley, AH
Siu, A 
Emmett, J
Keywords: Assessment of Work Readiness
Stages of Change
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: IOS Press
Source: Work, 2010, v. 37, no. 3, p. 321-329 How to cite?
Journal: Work 
Abstract: The Lam Assessment on Stages of Employment Readiness (LASER) was developed to assess welfare recipients' employment readiness. The LASER consists of 14 items corresponding to Prochaska's stages of change model (Prochaska, DiClemente and Norcross, 1992). A sample of 149 welfare recipients from a work training program participated in the study. The Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) supported the three factors structure corresponding to Prochaska's Pre-Contemplation, Contemplation, and Action stages. A cluster analysis classified the sample into three groups according to their LASER scores. A six months follow-up on employment outcomes showed that those who were in Pre-contemplation stage had the poorest employment outcome (25%), those who were in the Action stage had the best outcome (56%) and those in the Contemplation stage were in between (38%). Implications for work rehabilitation and treatment matching were discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/29525
ISSN: 1051-9815
EISSN: 1875-9270
DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2010-1085
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