Paradoxical correlates of a facilitative parenting programme in prison—counter-productive intervention or first signs of responsible parenthood?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/600754
Title:
Paradoxical correlates of a facilitative parenting programme in prison—counter-productive intervention or first signs of responsible parenthood?
Authors:
Skar, Ane-Marthe Solheim; von Tetzchner, Stephen; Clucas, Claudine; Sherr, Lorraine
Abstract:
Purpose. Parenting programmes are rarely part of prisoners’ rehabilitation, and evaluations of such programmes are lacking. Methods. The present mixed-methods study investigates the International Child Development Programme (ICDP) with 25 incarcerated fathers and a comparison group of 36 community fathers through questionnaires administered before and after parenting courses. Interviews with 20 incarcerated fathers were analysed using thematic analysis. Results. Before the course, the prison group self-reported better parenting skills and poorer psychosocial health than the comparison group. Both groups improved on parenting strategies. On several measures the comparison group improved, while the prison group revealed the same or lower scores. The incarcerated fathers described becoming more aware of their paternal role but also saw the course as emotionally challenging. Conclusions. Some of the self-reported scores of the prison participants related to parental skills and psychosocial health decreased from ‘before’ to ‘after’ ICDP sensitization, pointing to the possibility that the ICDP courses may have contributed to overcoming a ‘prisonization process’, where the prisoner identity overshadows the parental identity, by making them more aware of their parental responsibilities. Due to the emerging possibility of counter-productive influences, a randomized controlled study is needed in the future to ascertain the parenting and recidivism-related effects of this programme.
Affiliation:
University of Oslo; University College London; University of Chester
Citation:
Skar, A-M. S., von Tetzchner, S., Clucas, C., & Sherr, L. (2014). Paradoxical Correlates of Facilitative Parenting Programme in Prison – Counterproductive Intervention or First Signs of Responsible Parenthood? Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 15(1), 35-54. DOI:10.1080/14043858.2014.898981
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention
Publication Date:
7-Apr-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/600754
DOI:
10.1080/14043858.2014.898981
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14043858.2014.898981
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention on 07/04/2014, available online: doi: 10.1080/14043858.2014.898981
EISSN:
1651-2340
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSkar, Ane-Marthe Solheimen
dc.contributor.authorvon Tetzchner, Stephenen
dc.contributor.authorClucas, Claudineen
dc.contributor.authorSherr, Lorraineen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-07T15:49:49Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-07T15:49:49Zen
dc.date.issued2014-04-07en
dc.identifier.citationSkar, A-M. S., von Tetzchner, S., Clucas, C., & Sherr, L. (2014). Paradoxical Correlates of Facilitative Parenting Programme in Prison – Counterproductive Intervention or First Signs of Responsible Parenthood? Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 15(1), 35-54. DOI:10.1080/14043858.2014.898981en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14043858.2014.898981en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/600754en
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention on 07/04/2014, available online: doi: 10.1080/14043858.2014.898981en
dc.description.abstractPurpose. Parenting programmes are rarely part of prisoners’ rehabilitation, and evaluations of such programmes are lacking. Methods. The present mixed-methods study investigates the International Child Development Programme (ICDP) with 25 incarcerated fathers and a comparison group of 36 community fathers through questionnaires administered before and after parenting courses. Interviews with 20 incarcerated fathers were analysed using thematic analysis. Results. Before the course, the prison group self-reported better parenting skills and poorer psychosocial health than the comparison group. Both groups improved on parenting strategies. On several measures the comparison group improved, while the prison group revealed the same or lower scores. The incarcerated fathers described becoming more aware of their paternal role but also saw the course as emotionally challenging. Conclusions. Some of the self-reported scores of the prison participants related to parental skills and psychosocial health decreased from ‘before’ to ‘after’ ICDP sensitization, pointing to the possibility that the ICDP courses may have contributed to overcoming a ‘prisonization process’, where the prisoner identity overshadows the parental identity, by making them more aware of their parental responsibilities. Due to the emerging possibility of counter-productive influences, a randomized controlled study is needed in the future to ascertain the parenting and recidivism-related effects of this programme.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14043858.2014.898981en
dc.subjectEvaluationen
dc.subjectICDPen
dc.subjectincarcerated fathersen
dc.subjectparenting interventionen
dc.subjectprisonizationen
dc.titleParadoxical correlates of a facilitative parenting programme in prison—counter-productive intervention or first signs of responsible parenthood?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1651-2340en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Oslo; University College London; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Preventionen
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