Doing Family: Imprisoned Parents as Collaborators

Eva Knutz, Thomas Markussen, Linda Kjær Minke*

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The focal point of this article is the design of a game-based tool for dialogue (‘Dads’ Round’) developed incollaboration with the Danish Prison and Probation Ser-vice for a Parenting Program. The tool is unique insofaras it includes stories collected from prisoners’ childrenabout their troubled relationship with their fathers. Byevaluating thetool throughinterviews with incarceratedfathers,wedemonstratehowtheyworktogetheraspeersto assess how such a tool works to help assume par-enting roles during incarceration. Through the fathers’statements, the stories they share and their collaborativescaffolding, we are able to identify the tool’s poten-tial effect on parenting practices as well as pinpointstrengths and weaknesses of the tool. Our study sug-gests that new notions of parenting and doing familymust be carefully considered in the design of parentingprogrammes
Translated title of the contributionAt gøre familie - Fængslede forældre som samarbejdspartnere
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Howard Journal of Crime and Justice
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)477-495
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


  • design interventions in prisons
  • incarcerated fathers
  • prison,prison based parenting programmes
  • prison based parenting programmes
  • prison


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