Formulating a Best Practice Statement for Prison Parenting Programs: A Program Evaluation Project

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/603262
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Full-text
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Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Formulating a Best Practice Statement for Prison Parenting Programs: A Program Evaluation Project
Other Titles:
Evidence-Based Solutions for Vulnerable Populations [Session]
Author(s):
Zucker, Donna M.; Beatriz, Christine; Beatriz, Christine
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Beta Zeta-at-Large
Author Details:
Donna M. Zucker, RN, FAAN, donna@acad.umass.edu; Christine Beatriz, RN
Abstract:
Session presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Formulating a Best Practice Statement for Prison Parenting Programs:  A Program Evaluation Project Abstract Background A Healthy People 2020 goal is to increase the proportion of parents who use positive parenting.  By promoting good parenting techniques, children of incarcerated parents may experience a better relationship with their parent, which could potentially lead to reduced rates of depression, aggression, and intergenerational incarceration.  This paper describes a program evaluation performed in a Massachusetts correctional facility's parenting program. Purpose The goals were to review the literature about best practices in prison parenting programs and to evaluate a prison parenting program in a Massachusetts correctional facility.   Methods This three month project had two components:  1) reviewing the literature on existing parenting programs, their outcomes, and their applicability to the prison setting, and 2) completing a program evaluation of an existing parenting program in a county correctional facility.  This assessment reviewed program content, delivery and evaluation. Data were collected in the form of journaling and shared though debriefing. Results The outcome was the creation of a “Best Practice Statement” for prison parenting programs that included a list of recommendations shared with facility staff.  The following recommendations were made:  to adopt an evidence-based program; to use adult learning theory strategies; to expand the curriculum to include more concrete information about parenting skills, to begin data collection of parenting program participants and create a summative evaluation.   Conclusions Assessment of current practices and programs are essential to achieve and maintain high quality.  Outcomes provided support for adopting an evidence basis for the prison parenting program, and recommendations for program improvement. Implications for Nursing Practice and /or Future Research Through a critical review of existing literature and assessment of current programming, this project helped to confirm that nursing has the requisite skills, knowledge and attitudes to provide an evidence-based parenting program for incarcerated fathers and their children.   Evaluation data is essential to document the impact of such a program on the mental health of both inmates and their families.
Keywords:
prison; parenting program; program evaluation
Repository Posting Date:
21-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
21-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
CONV15E07
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
43rd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Description:
43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleFormulating a Best Practice Statement for Prison Parenting Programs: A Program Evaluation Projecten
dc.title.alternativeEvidence-Based Solutions for Vulnerable Populations [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorZucker, Donna M.en
dc.contributor.authorBeatriz, Christineen
dc.contributor.authorBeatriz, Christineen
dc.contributor.departmentBeta Zeta-at-Largeen
dc.author.detailsDonna M. Zucker, RN, FAAN, donna@acad.umass.edu; Christine Beatriz, RNen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/603262en
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Monday, November 9, 2015: Formulating a Best Practice Statement for Prison Parenting Programs:  A Program Evaluation Project Abstract Background A Healthy People 2020 goal is to increase the proportion of parents who use positive parenting.  By promoting good parenting techniques, children of incarcerated parents may experience a better relationship with their parent, which could potentially lead to reduced rates of depression, aggression, and intergenerational incarceration.  This paper describes a program evaluation performed in a Massachusetts correctional facility's parenting program. Purpose The goals were to review the literature about best practices in prison parenting programs and to evaluate a prison parenting program in a Massachusetts correctional facility.   Methods This three month project had two components:  1) reviewing the literature on existing parenting programs, their outcomes, and their applicability to the prison setting, and 2) completing a program evaluation of an existing parenting program in a county correctional facility.  This assessment reviewed program content, delivery and evaluation. Data were collected in the form of journaling and shared though debriefing. Results The outcome was the creation of a “Best Practice Statement” for prison parenting programs that included a list of recommendations shared with facility staff.  The following recommendations were made:  to adopt an evidence-based program; to use adult learning theory strategies; to expand the curriculum to include more concrete information about parenting skills, to begin data collection of parenting program participants and create a summative evaluation.   Conclusions Assessment of current practices and programs are essential to achieve and maintain high quality.  Outcomes provided support for adopting an evidence basis for the prison parenting program, and recommendations for program improvement. Implications for Nursing Practice and /or Future Research Through a critical review of existing literature and assessment of current programming, this project helped to confirm that nursing has the requisite skills, knowledge and attitudes to provide an evidence-based parenting program for incarcerated fathers and their children.   Evaluation data is essential to document the impact of such a program on the mental health of both inmates and their families.en
dc.subjectprisonen
dc.subjectparenting programen
dc.subjectprogram evaluationen
dc.date.available2016-03-21T16:46:46Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-21en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T16:46:46Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name43rd Biennial Conventionen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationLas Vegas, Nevada, USAen
dc.description43rd Biennial Convention 2015 Theme: Serve Locally, Transform Regionally, Lead Globally.`en
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