Employment integration after therapeutic community treatment: a case study from Spain

Authors


José Javier López-Goni, Departamento de Psicología y Pedagogía, Universidad Pública de Navarra, 31006 Pamplona, Spain
E-mail: josejavier.lopez@unavarra.es

Abstract

López-Goni JJ, Fernández-Montalvo J, Menéndez JC, Yudego F, García AR, Esarte S. Employment integration after therapeutic community treatment: a case study from Spain

Int J Soc Welfare 2011: 20: 292–297 © 2009 The Author(s), International Journal of Social Welfare © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the International Journal of Social Welfare.

This article describes the employment evolution from pre- to post-treatment of 112 patients in two therapeutic communities of Proyecto Hombre (Spain). Moreover, an analysis was made using the composite scores of the EuropASI in order to evaluate the secondary outcomes in work status, beyond drug consumption. The results show that nearly half of the patients (46 per cent of the sample) changed their employment status after treatment. Specifically, 78.6 per cent of the men (N= 77) and 64.3 per cent of the women (N= 9) were working after treatment; there were no statistically significant differences between them. Although the unemployment figures after treatment remained high, the residents were satisfied with their work integration. No statistically significant differences were observed between those who completed the treatment and those who did not. Implications of these results for further research and clinical practice are discussed.

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