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Factors that help and hinder the experience of unemployment for social assistance recipients Maclellan, Janet


In this exploratory study, the components of a program that social assistance recipients found helpful and hindering in their experience of unemployment was examined. Twenty men and women from ages 26-54 who had participated in the Job Search Support Program were interviewed. Results of this study showed that the overall experience was positive. Factors that respondents found most helpful included: motivation, knowledge, and focus provided by the counsellor; focus of the Action Plan; and the workshops. Factors that participants found most hindering involved generating job options; frustration in the job search; and the counsellor's lack of support.

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