The Impact of Structured Training on Knowledge and Perceived Job Performance of Child Support Professionals

Chien Chung Huang, Chieh Wen Liu, Brad Forenza, Andrew J. Germak, Mia Sena, Katie Findley

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Using data from the New Jersey Child Support Institute, this article evaluated the professional knowledge of child support workers before and after a training program and examined how changes in knowledge influenced their perceived job performance. The findings found that child support workers only answered 54.5% of the questions correctly on the pre-training assessment. The training program significantly improved workers' knowledge of child support enforcement and that the increase in knowledge was associated with a 0.64 standard deviations of perceived job improvement for worker. The findings highlight the importance of training in a continually changing profession.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-145
Number of pages11
JournalHuman Service Organizations Management, Leadership and Governance
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014



  • child support
  • job performance
  • knowledge
  • professional training
  • structured training

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