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Title:An Examination of the Social Factors Determining Successful Training Performance of Participants in Ex-Offender Manpower Programs: A Model for Predicting School Behavior
Author(s):Browne, James Henderson
Department / Program:Labor and Industrial Relations
Discipline:Labor and Industrial Relations
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations
Abstract:This research assessed the relative contribution of various behavioral and cognitive factors in predicting the training performance of participants in ex-offender manpower training programs. A model for predicting social behavior developed by Triandis (1971, 1977) provided the theoretical framework for the study. Operationalization of the components in Triandis' model related measures used by behaviorists (i.e., habits) and cognitive psychologists (i.e., behavioral intentions) to various indicators of training program performance (i.e., training program completion, voluntary withdrawal from the training program with outside employment secured, voluntary withdrawal from the training program without outside employment secured, and non-voluntary withdrawal from the training program).
Survey and observation data were collected from six (6) ex-offender manpower training programs on 128 participants. Analysis of the data on the trainees' habits (i.e., supervisory ratings of the trainees' effort, attendance, punctuality, and compliance behaviors) and behavioral intentions (i.e., measures of the trainees' attitudes, values, perceived roles and norms, and self-concept) indicated that successful training performance was primarily determined by the employment relevant habits of the trainees and not by their behavioral intentions. Multiple regression analysis indicated that the obtained measures of habits and behavioral intentions explained up to 25% of the variance in training program completion and up to 17% of the variance in positive termination from the training program. Discriminant analysis results suggested Triandis' model correctly classified up to 75% of the trainees as either completing or dropping out of the training program and up to 74% of the trainees as either achieving a positive or negative training program termination status.
The discussion of the study's findings draws attention to the utility that appropriate behavior modification techniques may be useful in facilitating successful training program performance of ex-offenders in manpower programs.
Issue Date:1981
Description:190 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8114393
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-14
Date Deposited:1981

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