Vic Guthrie

PhD Student/Senior Research Fellow

University of Edinburgh


Working Title of PhD: The acceptability and feasibility of parenting interventions with female offenders who have a history of substance misuse.

Year commenced PhD study: 2014
Institution/Organisation: GCU
Funding Source: Studentship
Full or part-time: Full time
PhD Supervisors: Kerri McPherson, Liz Gilchrist, Carol Emslie

Synopsis: It is estimated that 16,500 children are impacted by parental incarceration in Scotland each year (Families Outside, 2009). The impact of parental incarceration can have diverse negative impacts on children as they face a number of adversities including emotional loss, financial disadvantage, instability and a decrease in emotional wellbeing (Loper & Tuerk 2006). Carlson (2001) argues that family contact during incarceration and healthy family relationships may have a positive impact on recovery from substance misuse and reduced rates of re-offending behaviour thus parental interventions could be pivotal for the reduction of recidivism. The current project aims to employ a mixed methods approach to identify how motherhood is impacted by offending and substance misuse histories. Furthermore the research will try to identify the wants and needs of mothers in order to develop and tailor an acceptable and feasible parenting programme.

Keywords: Motherhood; Offender; Substance Misuse



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