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ERIC Number: ED407112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Understanding the Parent Education Needs of Incarcerated Fathers.
Palm, Glen F.
This study examined parent education needs of fathers incarcerated at a state correctional facility. Focus groups and follow-up individual interviews were used with 30 fathers ranging in age from 17 to 28. All of the men had at least one child 6 years of age or younger. The sample represented a range of cultural and family backgrounds. The findings of the study suggested five themes. First, fatherhood has a profound influence on men's lives and may be an important motivation to build a more responsible and mature lifestyle. Second, the quality of the attachment relationship is variable and is often influenced by the tenuous nature of the father-child relationship and a strained relationship with the child's mother. Third, there is a number of ways that incarcerated fathers maintain contact with their children, including visitation, letters, phone calls, and sending money or presents. Common emotions around interacting with children during visitation at the prison included ambivalence, embarrassment, and discomfort. Fourth, incarcerated fathers have unique parenting concerns, including (1) their inability to fulfill role expectations of provider, protector, and role model; (2) limited ways to express care and concern directly to their children; (3) problems in the relationship with their children's mother; (4) explaining time spent in prison to their children; and (5) the transition to the world of work. Fifth, although incarcerated fathers have parenting interests similar to fathers in general, they have many unique concerns, such as legal issues, children's questions about jail, and controlling anger. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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