The development of a parenting program for incarcerated mothers in Australia: a review of prison-based parenting programs
Newman, C, Fowler, C & Cashin, A 2011, 'The development of a parenting program for incarcerated mothers in Australia: a review of prison-based parenting programs', Contemporary Nurse, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 2-11.
The increasing population of children with an incarcerated parent is a significant public health issue. A literature search highlighted that children of incarcerated parents experience psychological stressors that may potentially impact on health and behavioural outcomes. Parenting programs for prisoners may be of benefit as early parenting experiences during childhood have a significant impact on a child's future experiences as an adolescent and adult. A review of identified evaluation-based studies of parenting programs for prisoners (N = 11), although varied in program delivery approaches and evaluation methods, suggest that such programs have the potential to improve the parenting skills, knowledge and confidence of incarcerated parents. Finally, this paper provides an outline of the development of an Australian based parenting program for incarcerated mothers and their young children.