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

09/01/2008

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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