The voices of incarcerated women at the forefront of parenting program development: a trauma-informed approach to education

Lovell, Belinda J., Steen, Mary, Brown, Angela E. and Esterman, Adrian J. (2022) The voices of incarcerated women at the forefront of parenting program development: a trauma-informed approach to education. Health and Justice, 10 (1). p. 21. ISSN 2194-7899

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The lives of women experiencing incarceration are complex, impacting many aspects of parenting. Incarceration can present an opportunity for women to access parenting education. However, their specific needs have to be considered. Few parenting programs for women experiencing incarceration have involved the women as part of their development.

Six focus groups were conducted in a prison setting involving thirty-one women to explore and understand their parenting education needs.

Four main themes were identified to reflect the complex lives of the women and their parenting education needs. These themes were: working towards a positive self, communication as a lifeline, supporting and nurturing their children and hopefulness and reconnecting. The trauma women experienced in their lives was apparent during discussions.

Women requested a non-judgmental parenting program to be developed to meet their specific needs and circumstances. The program needed to be designed to enable them to share stories with women in similar situations. Women gave insights into some of the specific content and topics they would like included in a parenting program. The women revealed experiences of trauma in their lives, demonstrating the importance of the need for a trauma informed approach to parenting education.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This work was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Scholarship awarded to BL to undertake PhD studies.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women, Mothers, Incarceration, Parenting, Education
Subjects: B700 Nursing
B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2022 14:35
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2022 14:45

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