ERIC Number: ED418264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Parent Training in Corrections: Mission, Methods, Materials, and Best Practices.
Lange, Stephen M.
A parent's incarceration significantly influences his or her children. Most incarcerated persons have little contact with their children, leading to negative consequences for the children. When incarcerated parents are freed, they often have a hard time reuniting the family, partly because they lack effective parenting skills. Parent training is frequently used to address the needs of parents and children who are at risk for family problems or for poor developmental outcomes. In a correctional setting, curriculum specifically designed for incarcerated persons can enhance parent training by addressing the unique needs of inmates. Several sets of curriculum materials for this purpose were reviewed, including literature-based and counseling approaches. Studies suggest that parent training is effective with incarcerated populations; thus best practice requires that institutions integrate parent training into their programs, using a variety of curriculum materials. Parent training should include information about children's needs throughout their developmental years. The goals of correctional parent training should encompass crime prevention for inmates and their children and the prevention of poor developmental outcomes for children. Future correctional parent training might include after-care components linking community corrections programs to facility-based programs during incarceration. (Contains 30 references.) (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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