Parenting interventions for male young offenders: a review of the evidence on what works

Buston, K., Parkes, A., Thomson, H., Wight, D. and Fenton, C. (2012) Parenting interventions for male young offenders: a review of the evidence on what works. Journal of Adolescence, 35(3), pp. 731-742. (doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2011.10.007)

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Approximately one in four incarcerated male young offenders in the UK is an actual or expectant father. This paper reviews evidence on the effectiveness of parenting interventions for male young offenders. We conducted systematic searches across 20 databases and consulted experts. Twelve relevant evaluations were identified: 10 from the UK, of programmes for incarcerated young offenders, and two from the US, of programmes for young parolees. None used experimental methods or included a comparison group. They suggest that participants like the courses, find them useful, and the interventions may improve knowledge about, and attitudes to, parenting. Future interventions should incorporate elements of promising parenting interventions with young fathers in the community, for example, and/or with older incarcerated parents. Young offender fathers have specific developmental, rehabilitative, and contextual needs. Future evaluations should collect longer-term behavioural parent and child outcome data and should use comparison groups and, ideally, randomization.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fenton, Ms Candida and Wight, Professor Danny and Parkes, Dr Alison and Thomson, Dr Hilary and Buston, Dr Katie
Authors: Buston, K., Parkes, A., Thomson, H., Wight, D., and Fenton, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Journal of Adolescence
ISSN (Online):1095-9254
Published Online:08 November 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents
First Published:First published in Journal of Adolescence 35(3):731-742
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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