Assessing readiness to work from a stages of change perspective: Implications for return to work

Chow S. Lam, Anne H. Wiley, Man Hong Andrew Siu, James Emmett

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The Lam Assessment on Stages of Employment Readiness (LASER) was developed to assess welfare recipients' employment readiness. The LASER consists of 14 items corresponding to Prochaska's stages of change model (Prochaska, DiClemente and Norcross, 1992). A sample of 149 welfare recipients from a work training program participated in the study. The Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) supported the three factors structure corresponding to Prochaska's Pre-Contemplation, Contemplation, and Action stages. A cluster analysis classified the sample into three groups according to their LASER scores. A six months follow-up on employment outcomes showed that those who were in Pre-contemplation stage had the poorest employment outcome (25%), those who were in the Action stage had the best outcome (56%) and those in the Contemplation stage were in between (38%). Implications for work rehabilitation and treatment matching were discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2010


  • Assessment of Work Readiness
  • Stages of Change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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