Visiting Mom: A pilot evaluation of a prison-based visiting program serving incarcerated mothers and their minor children

Erin C. Schubert, Megan Duininck, Rebecca J. Shlafer

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Abstract

We describe an evaluation of a prison-visiting program, Extended Visiting (EV), for incarcerated mothers and their children. Mothers (N = 24) and caregivers (N = 19) were interviewed regarding experiences with the program. Mothers identified benefits including maintaining a relationship with children, physical contact, motivation, privacy, peer support, and personal growth. Caregivers echoed mothers’ appreciation for the opportunity to maintain mother–child relationships and physical contact. Mothers identified barriers including desire for overnight visits and more age-appropriate activities. Caregivers perceived travel time and costs and children’s adverse reactions as barriers. When comparing EV to typical visiting, participants unanimously preferred EV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-234
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Offender Rehabilitation
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 18 2016

Keywords

  • Children of incarcerated parents
  • parenting
  • program evaluation
  • qualitative research
  • visitation

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