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ERIC Number: EJ789190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
Parent Education Program for Incarcerated Mothers in Colorado
Gonzalez, Patricia; Romero, Tony; Cerbana, Christine B.
Journal of Correctional Education, v58 n4 p357-373 Dec 2007
One of the primary goals of correctional education is to reduce recidivism by reintegrating inmates into society and family in a productive and positive manner and, in the case of parent education, become good and effective parents to their children. Research suggests that prison parent education programs provide inmates with measurable knowledge and affirmative parenting skills which can result in positive behavior changes, including a decrease in the recidivism rate. This current study examined the short term impact of the Partners in Parenting (PIP) curriculum, a skilled-based program focusing on strengthening family relationships and promoting positive behaviors. Participants were comprised of 219 mothers who agreed to take part in parent education classes while incarcerated in several women's correctional facilities throughout the state of Colorado. Results revealed that mothers who took part in the parenting education curriculum demonstrated a marked increase in their sense of parenting proficiency, done by improving parenting skills and increasing their overall parenting knowledge. These results therefore, strongly suggest parenting education programs in correctional facilities are indeed beneficial to parents and thereby to the child, in turn leading to improved parent-child relationships and the ultimate goal of reduced recidivism. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado