Family Therapy Programs

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INTRODUCTION

Family dynamics play a huge role in the development of criminal behavior. Antisocial behavior may be reflective of a troubled domestic environment. In turn, a person’s involvement in the criminal justice system can easily destabilize a family.

In prisons, family therapy programs seek to improve interpersonal relationships between the offender and family members. This includes unmarried couples, single-parent households, gay couples, and blended families. While these programs are considered effective, cost and limited resources often preclude their use with incarcerated adults.

In this discussion:

  • Discuss the usefulness of family therapy programs with incarcerated offenders and their families.
  • Explain the positive aspects as well as the limitations of such family therapy.
  • Identify cases in which family therapy would be most effective and least effective.

 

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