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ERIC Number: EJ835236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0740-2708
Parenting Education for Incarcerated Mothers
Kennon, Suzanne S.; Mackintosh, Virginia H.; Myers, Barbara J.
Journal of Correctional Education, v60 n1 p10-30 Mar 2009
A parenting curriculum developed for incarcerated mothers was evaluated using a pretest, posttest, follow-up design with 57 women incarcerated in state prisons. Developmental psychologists delivered a 12-session curriculum focused on parenting issues unique to incarcerated parents. Each class met for 2 hours and followed a prepared curriculum that was experiential and discussion-based. In assessments at the end of the course and at an 8-week follow-up, mothers showed significant improvements over their pretest scores in parenting attitudes, self-esteem, and legal knowledge regarding parental rights and responsibilities. Mothers' open-ended comments showed they gained an understanding that children need love, letters, and consistency and that they should show the caregivers respect, gratitude, and support. There was no change in frequency of letters written home, however, despite much emphasis on letter-writing during the course. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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