Mothering at a distance: what incarcerated mothers value about a parenting programme

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Journal Article
Contemporary Nurse, 2015, 50 (2-3), pp. 238 - 255
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© 2015 Taylor & Francis. Background: Children with incarcerated mothers experience adverse health, social and emotional circumstances, and are a particularly vulnerable group. Mothers in custody face significant challenges in parenting their children. Aims: The study aimed to identify participants’ views on impact of a parenting support programme for incarcerated mothers in NSW Australia. Methods: The mixed-methods study examined 134 responses to open and closed questions on a questionnaire for programme participants. Results: Participants found the programme worthwhile, engaging and relevant. It enhanced their parenting knowledge and confidence. Open-ended responses highlighted program elements which participants valued, specifically support for their parenting role in complicated circumstances, greater understanding of child development and perspectives, and practical strategies for facilitating connections with their children during their incarceration. Conclusions: The study informs nurses working with women who have experienced incarceration and their children, both in custodial and community settings.
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