Term of Award

Spring 1996

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social Science

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Committee Chair

Howard M. Kaplan

Committee Member 1

J. Michael McDonald

Committee Member 2

W. Jay Strickland


This study examines the relationship between the personal characteristics of dislocated workers and commitment to the Dislocated Worker Retraining Program in Savannah, Georgia. Log-linear modeling techniques are employed to explore the various associations and interactions of sex, race, age, education, wage, occupation, family status, and number of children with commitment to an individual training program sponsored by JTPA. The odds on commitment to training and the odds' ratios between statistically significant associations revealed in various models are examined. The results show that sex, education, wage, age, and occupation have a direct effect on rates of commitment to training and that the nature of these associations varies according to race, sex, wage, education, and family status.

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