Employment-seeking Behavior of Persons with HIV/AIDS: A Theory-based Approach

Hergenrather, Kenneth C.; Rhodes, Scott D.; Clark, Glenn
October 2004
Journal of Rehabilitation;Oct-Dec2004, Vol. 70 Issue 4, p22
Academic Journal
This study sought to apply the theory of planned behavior (TPB) 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. The findings suggest the utility of the TPB to identify salient employment beliefs for the development of interventions to enhance job placement outcomes for PLWHAs.


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