Multi-Site Family Study on Incarceration, Parenting and Partnering. Impact of Couples-Based Family Strengthening Services for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners.

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Lindquist, Christine.
McKay, Tasseli.
Steffey, Danielle.
Bir, Anupa.
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United States Department of Health and Human Services. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
RTI International.
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This brief summarizes findings on the impact of couples-based family strengthening services in four prison-based programs from the Multi-Site Family Study on Incarceration, Parenting and Partnering (MFS-IP) and discusses the implications for policy, programs, and future research. In one of the four grantee programs, the low-dosage healthy relationship retreat had sustained positive effects on multiple partnership and parenting relationship outcomes for a low-income, justice-involved population. This evaluation attempted to isolate the impacts of relatively low-dosage couples programming. Considering the weak and non-significant findings in three of the four grantee sites, it may be that more robust and comprehensive interventions may be necessary to address the complex needs of low-income, justice-involved families. (Author Abstract)

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