This qualitative research study sought to understand the experiences of African American parents/guardians whose children had been court mandated to receive counseling intervention services. This study further sought to answer three subsequent questions: Based on parents’ experiences, are mandated counseling services helping their children? How do African American parents view the juvenile court system after receiving mandated counseling services? If African American parents were not mandated by juvenile courts to participate in mandated counseling, would these parents seek counseling on their own for their children? By focusing on parents’ experiences, juvenile courts may improve communications; may improve interventions; and may get more buy-in from parents. Eight African American parents from the New Orleans area participated in the study. Inclusionary criteria included parents whose children had completed mandated counseling sessions and had been adjudicated more than once in one juvenile court system. Participants were interviewed using a phenomenological approach; their responses were recorded, transcribed, coded, and properly stored. Interviews led to the development of five themes: (1) awareness, (2) need for court mandated counseling, (3) seeking help, (4) coping with generational barriers, and (5) faith and spirituality. The themes were consistent throughout each of the interviews and helped to gain a better understanding of the phenomenon.
|Commitee:||Remley, Theodore P., Jr., Fonseca, Thomas A.|
|School:||University of Holy Cross|
|Department:||Counseling and Behavioral Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/6(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Counseling Psychology, African American Studies, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||African American parents, Court interventions, Court mandated counseling, Juvenile probation, Mandated counseling, Probation|
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