The Michigan Prevention Research Center (MPRC) is dedicated to
a program of prevention research on the problems of employment, economic
stress, and well-being throughout the life course. MPRC seeks to extend
scientific understanding of the links between conditions of employment
and mental and physical health, while at the same time, expanding the policy
and practice options available to both the public and private sector.
A list of publications,
working papers, instruments and manuals by the research
faculty, staff and students of the Michigan Prevention Research Center are
available in PDF format or available upon request if not linked here as PDF.
Based at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan,
and funded by the National Institute for Mental Health, MPRC researchers
are currently engaged in the following projects:
JOBS Program for the Unemployed
- The JOBS program is designed to help unemployed people reenter the
labor market. JOBS has been shown in large scale randomized experiments
to produce higher rates of reemployment, better paying jobs, and lower
rates of mental health problems. Dissemination programs are planned in
Michigan, Maryland and California as well as in Poland, Israel, Russia
- Under the sponsorship of the California Wellness Foundation, the Manpower
Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC) has teamed with the Michigan
Prevention Research Center (MPRC) to launch the Winning New Jobs
project in three communities in California. In Winning New Jobs,
MDRC and MPRC will implement a highly acclaimed job search program for
6,500 Californians who are displaced or recently unemployed. This five-year
project utilizes the JOBS intervention program, a program developed over
the past ten years by MPRC, to help workers find reemployment and inoculate
themselves against the adverse mental and physical health effects of unemployment.
Couples Employment Project
- Carried out jointly with investigators at George Washington University,
the Couples program is aimed at helping couples cope more effectively with
the multiple strains of job loss, job search and economic stress. The Couples
program will be tested simultaneously in Michigan and Maryland.
with Economic Hardship
- This program is being designed to aid individuals and families cope
more effectively with the multiple stresses associated with economic adversity.
While initially aimed at families experiencing the economic hardship of
job loss, the program has potential application to other vulnerable groups
who may experience economic hardship, such as elderly or retired persons.
Welfare to Work Program
- The Welfare to Work Program is being developed in collaboration with
investigators in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan,
and will be designed to aid young welfare mothers make the transition from
welfare to work.
MPRC capitalizes on the rich resources of the Institute
for Social Research and the University of Michigan as well as
scientific partnerships with researchers at other universities, both nationally
and internationally. MPRC scientists
and staff represent a wide range of disciplines, including psychology,
economics, sociology, social work and public health.
MPRC research activities are focused on four sets of core Center functions:
- Intervention development
- MPRC continues to build a repository of theory driven principles and
best practices for the design and development of preventive interventions.
- MPRC is a central resource for the maintenance of samples, development
of measurement, data management, research design and analysis techniques
for survey and epidemiologically based prevention research.
- Training and New
Project Development - MPRC convenes a set of focused
research planning workshops bringing together senior scientists and predoctoral
and postdoctoral trainees in the collaborative development and design of
and Dissemination - MPRC conducts a program of research
on the factors essential to the effective implementation and dissemination
of scientifically tested prevention programs.
For more information, please contact:
|Richard H. Price, Director or
Amiram Vinokur, Associate Director
Michigan Prevention Research Center
Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan
Room 3334 ISR, PO Box 1248
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
|Phone (734) 763-0446
FAX (734) 936-0548