Job-Seeking/Return to Work Process

 

Hergenrather, K. C., & Rhodes, S. D., & Clark, G. (2006) Windows to work: Exploring employment seeking behaviors of persons with HIV/AIDS through Photovoice. AIDS Education and Prevention,18 (3), 65-76.

Based upon community-based participatory research (CBPR), the Windows to Work study utilized Photovoice methodology to identify the influences upon the employment-seeking behavior of 11 PLWHA. Through participant photographs and statements, the term employment was conceptualized and 19 themes impacting behavior were identified. Themes addressed (a) outcomes of employment, (b) persons influencing their decision to work, and (c) factors impacting their ability to return to work. The findings suggest the utility of Photovoice to enhance employment outcomes for PLWHA.

 

Hergenrather, K. C. , Rhodes, S. D., Clark, G. (2005). The employment perspectives study: Identifying factors influencing job-seeking behavior of persons living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Education and Prevention, 17 (2), 132-144.

Theory of Planned Behavior was applied to explore factors influencing the job-seeking behavior of persons living with HIV/AIDS. A total of six focus groups were conducted with a sample of 54 persons living with HIV/AIDS who self-identified as African American, reported a history of substance abuse, and were participating in substance abuse treatment programs at the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington , DC . Most participants were unemployed, reported no work history, and received public assistance. The results of the study suggest that persons living with HIV/AIDS identify the importance of work; advantages and disadvantage of working; persons influencing their decision to work; facilitators and impediments to employment; and the under utilization of public vocational rehabilitation services.

 

Hergenrather, K. C., Rhodes, S. D., & Clark, G. (2004). Employment-seeking behavior of persons with HIV/AIDS: A theory-based approach. Journal of Rehabilitation, 70 (4), 22-320.

The theory of planned behavior (TPB) was applied to identify the influences upon the employment seeking behavior of a person living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). From a population of persons receiving HIV/AIDS services from the Whitman Walker Clinic in Washington DC , 324 PLWHAs completed the Employment Interest Survey (EIS). PLWHAs identified (a) ten consequences of becoming employed, (b) three groups of persons influencing one's decision to become employed, and (c) seven impediments to employment.