An evaluation of Employee Assistance Programs: An overview and case study

Leonard W Gopp, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Methodologies for the analysis and cross-evaluations of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are necessary to indicate program weaknesses and strengths for both present and future EAP services. As EAPs have matured from simplistic industrial alcoholism programs to all problem-encompassing, complex programs, an aggressive group of entrepreneurs has developed. Business and industrial managements need established criteria to select the most suitable professional services for their needs, as well as the best investment value for cost containments. Four major EAPs were compared to determine critical areas necessary for cross evaluation. Future standardization of terminology and definitions of services will facilitate both the evaluation of a specific program and its comparison to problems or successes of other EAPs. Past evaluation difficulties have been caused by the lack of EAP program accreditations and professional personnel licensure requirements. The Association of Labor Management Administrators and Consultants on Alcoholism (ALMACA) has recently set certification criteria for personnel, which will enhance the professional standards for EAPs.

Subject Area

Public health

Recommended Citation

Gopp, Leonard W, "An evaluation of Employee Assistance Programs: An overview and case study" (1987). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI8809921.