The purpose of this study is to determine how society perceives prison nursery programs and to measure how supportive individuals are of current prison nursery programs and future program implementation. The literature reveals that prison nursery programs are effective in lowering recidivism rates of participants, creating long term co-residency between mother and child post release, and fostering a secure and healthy attachment between mother and baby. The literature also demonstrates the significance of attachment and the negative effects that absent or weak maternal (and parental) attachment can have on an individual throughout their life course, including the propensity to commit crime. Factors considered in this study include: gender, parental status, use of caregivers for their children, and time spent with children per week. The results of this study indicate that although the majority of respondents are supportive of current prison nursery programs, there is less support for future program implementation. Results also revealed that gender, parenthood, and the employment of a caregiver for one's children are not adequate predictors of program support. However, the amount of time parents spend with their children was found to be a predictor for the level of support for prison nursery programs.
|Commitee:||Fischer, Ryan, Malm, Aili, Vogel, Brenda|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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