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Title: Mothering at a Distance: what incarcerated mothers value about a parenting programme
Contributor(s): Rossiter, Chris (author); Power, Tamara (author); Fowler, Cathrine (author); Jackson, Debra  (author); Hyslop, Deirdre (author); Dawson, Angela (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2015.1105108
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Abstract: 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.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Contemporary Nurse, 50(2-3), p. 238-255
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1037-6178
Field of Research (FOR): 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920501 Child Health
920206 Health Inequalities
920205 Health Education and Promotion
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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