Enhancement of former drug abusers' career development through structured group counseling

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Made efforts to facilitate the career development of 120 former drug abusers in 3 VA hospitals. Treatment consisted of a slightly modified form of Daane's Vocational Exploration Group (VEG). Treatment Ss were found to have significantly greater maturity of career attitudes and competencies than controls, and greater clarity of career plans. No differences were discovered between the groups in the number of occupations specified. It is concluded that the VEG was of value in enhancing career-development capacities. Unexpectedly, control Ss as well as treatment Ss were found to perceive considerable meaning in career-development activities. On the basis of the control Ss' responses, it is concluded that contrary to popular opinion, many clients in drug-rehabilitation programs would find much meaning in career-oriented activities. (13 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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