Incarceration and the Family: A Review of Research and Promising Approaches for Serving Fathers and Families. 7.1 Marriage and Relationship Education Programs in Prison


Teaching incarcerated fathers and their partners relationship skills may help the reentry transition and reduce recidivism.

Given the potential deleterious effects that imprisonment can have on spouse/partner and father-child involvement, research into preventive interventions is warranted. Interventions focused on marital education, parenting behaviors, and other life skills have strong potential to strengthen families; lessen family conflict, dissolution, and violence; and prevent child behavioral problems and recidivism. This chapter focuses on marital, parenting, and family interventions and the evidence of their effectiveness by modality.

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