Examining The Reliability And Validity Of An Employment Barriers Survey For Moving From Welfare To Work
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The purpose of this research was to determine the underlying psychometric properties of an assessment which was already in use with its intended population. Both exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted on an assessment of barriers to work for people moving from welfare to work. The data come from 1,630 participants in a welfare to work program in Baltimore, MD. The assessment identified barriers in four categories: Employment, Mental/Physical Health, Personal/Life, and Criminal Background. The current research explored the relationship between the 44-items on the assessment and these four categories. Exploratory factor analysis confirmed the presence of four categories; however results suggested that some items were improperly categorized. The revised four factor organization was then tested by confirmatory factor analysis methods and moderate fit was found between the data and the hypothesized structure.