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NCJ Number: 221056 Find in a Library
Title: Parent Education Program for Incarcerated Mothers in Colorado
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:58  Issue:4  Dated:December 2007  Pages:357-373
Author(s): Patricia Gonzalez; Tony Romero; Christine B. Cerbana
Date Published: December 2007
Page Count: 17
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the short-term impact on 219 incarcerated mothers of the Partners in Parenting (PIP) curriculum, a skill-based program that focuses on strengthening family relationships and promoting positive behaviors.
Abstract: This study found that the differences in testing before and after participation in PIP showed that the mothers experienced an increase in their sense of parenting proficiency, improved their parenting skills, and increased their knowledge about parenting. The PIP education curriculum contains material on reintegration issues after release that tend to confront families. Issues discussed include establishing positive social support networks, the school system, and high-risk behaviors by children. All participants in the PIP program were administered a test before and after program participation in order to assess their parenting attitudes before and after program participation. The first section of the test consisted of 10 items that asked the mothers to report on how their parents treated them as they were growing up, with attention to perceptions of whether their parents helped them with their problems and made them feel wanted. The second section of the test contained 10 items that asked the mothers how they parent their children. The questions dealt with such parenting behaviors as respecting their children's opinions and giving their children help with problems. The last section of the test focused on the mothers' feelings about how they have performed as a parent and how parents should treat their children. 3 figures, 2 tables, 9 references, and appended test administered before and after program participation
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Children of incarcerated offenders; Colorado; Female inmates; Parent education; Parental influence; Prerelease programs
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