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Through a Child’s Eyes: Encouraging Positive Behavior among Inmate Mothers through a Special Visitation Event

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Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) and a local Rotary Club have provided special visitation events for incarcerated women and their children, for the past 11 years. There has never been an exploration of these events. The current study explores the 2012 Through a Child’s Eyes (TACE) summer event. TACE is a four hour long special visitation event that is set up like a carnival, where incarcerated mothers and their children spend a day playing together. ODOC wanted to understand how these events, and the behavior requirements that must be met in order to participate, influence inmates’ behaviors, and whether the presence of special visitation events could increase pro-social behaviors from the incarcerated women. Similarly, there was interest in understanding how these events impact the mother-child bond. Surveys were administered at the end of less structured focus groups, which were conducted at two time points (6 and 9 months after TACE). A total of 89 incarcerated mothers participated. The incarcerated mothers reported that the TACE event behavior requirements do influence their behaviors and that the special visitation events positively impact the relationships they are attempting to build and maintain with their children from behind bars. Similarly, the mothers reported that these special events have the ability to positively influence the relationships between incarcerated women and the ODOC security officers. The findings may influence the frequency of special visitation events, and will provide ODOC and the Rotary Club with an understanding of how important these events are for families impacted by incarceration.
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Lazzari, Sarah., Vanderhoff, Renee., Salisbury, Emily. and Ayala, Joan. "Through a Child’s Eyes: Encouraging Positive Behavior among Inmate Mothers through a Special Visitation Event" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon, Mar 27, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p701599_index.html>

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Lazzari, S. R., Vanderhoff, R. , Salisbury, E. and Ayala, J. , 2014-03-27 "Through a Child’s Eyes: Encouraging Positive Behavior among Inmate Mothers through a Special Visitation Event" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p701599_index.html

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Abstract: Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) and a local Rotary Club have provided special visitation events for incarcerated women and their children, for the past 11 years. There has never been an exploration of these events. The current study explores the 2012 Through a Child’s Eyes (TACE) summer event. TACE is a four hour long special visitation event that is set up like a carnival, where incarcerated mothers and their children spend a day playing together. ODOC wanted to understand how these events, and the behavior requirements that must be met in order to participate, influence inmates’ behaviors, and whether the presence of special visitation events could increase pro-social behaviors from the incarcerated women. Similarly, there was interest in understanding how these events impact the mother-child bond. Surveys were administered at the end of less structured focus groups, which were conducted at two time points (6 and 9 months after TACE). A total of 89 incarcerated mothers participated. The incarcerated mothers reported that the TACE event behavior requirements do influence their behaviors and that the special visitation events positively impact the relationships they are attempting to build and maintain with their children from behind bars. Similarly, the mothers reported that these special events have the ability to positively influence the relationships between incarcerated women and the ODOC security officers. The findings may influence the frequency of special visitation events, and will provide ODOC and the Rotary Club with an understanding of how important these events are for families impacted by incarceration.


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