Parenting Inside Out

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

The Parenting Inside Out® program, a nationally recognized cognitive-behavioral parenting skills training program grounded in OSLC’s Parent Management Training (PMT) program, is the only evidence-based parenting skills training program developed for parents involved in the criminal justice system.

Project Overview

The impact of incarceration on the parent-child relationship and the long-term economic, emotional, and emotional implications of having a parent in prison are well documented. According to 2010 data from the Pew Charitable Trusts, 1 in 28 children have a parent behind bars.

The Parenting Inside Out® program, a nationally recognized cognitive-behavioral parenting skills training program grounded in OSLC’s Parent Management Training (PMT) program, is the only evidence-based parenting skills training program developed for parents involved in the criminal justice system. PIO research conducted at OSLC has demonstrated positive impact on the lives children, families, and communities throughout the U.S.

Parenting Inside Out, developed in 2002 in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Corrections, has helped thousands of parents rebuild and strengthen their relationships with their children and families. The program has three objectives: 1) provide mothers and fathers with skills needed to parent during and after a prison sentence, 2) reduce recidivism by strengthening family connections, and 3) reduce intergenerational criminality. There are two versions, a prison version for both mothers and fathers who are parenting from prison, and a community version, for parents on parole or probation.

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Principal Investigator

J. Mark Eddy, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. J. Mark Eddy is a Senior Fellow Scientist and Licensed Psychologist. He is a Senior Research Scientist with the Family Translational Research Group at New York University, where he is involved in a wide variety of basic research and preventive intervention projects. During his over 25 year career at OSLC, he served as the principal investigator on multiple randomized prevention trials of programs delivered within systems of care relevant to children and families. These include the Child Study, a multi-site longitudinal randomized controlled trial of the Friends of the Children professional youth mentoring program; the Relief Nursery Study, a randomized controlled trial of a multimodal therapeutic preschool program for at risk children and families; the Parent Child Study, a randomized trial of Parenting Inside Out, a parent management training with incarcerated parents within adult corrections; the Paths Project, a study of the transition into young adulthood for youth who were heavily involved with the juvenile justice system and who participated in a randomized trial of Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC, now known as Treatment Foster Care Oregon); and the Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers (LIFT) Project, a study of the transitions into young adulthood for participants in a randomized multi-modal school-based prevention intervention program that began during elementary school. He also served as co-investigator with OSLC scientist Dr. Charles R. Martinez, Jr. (now director of the Center for Equity Promotion in the College of Education at the University of Oregon) on a variety of projects through the Oregon Social Learning Center Latino Research Team, including the Latino Youth and Family Empowerment Project I and II, which developed and tested a culturally specific parent training intervention for Latino families with youngsters at risk for substance use and related problems; the Adolescent Latino Acculturation Study, which was designed to learn more about how Latino families and their middle school youth who have immigrated to the U.S. adapt to life in this country; and PREVENIR, which developed and refined a culturally specific parent and teacher training program in four countries in Central America. Following his work at OSLC, he worked for five years as a Research Professor and Director of Research at Partners for Our Children in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington, where he was engaged in a variety of projects focused on children and families involved in the child welfare system, including the development and testing of the STRIVE program.

Dr. Eddy has a strong commitment to finding ways to link the research community with practitioners and policy makers to improve outcomes for children, adolescents, adults and families. He is actively involved in work in this regard in projects around the U.S. and internationally, including with the U.S. Armed Forces. His book for clinicians, Aggressive and Defiant Behavior: The Latest Assessment and Treatment Strategies for the Conduct Disorders, reviews the most effective treatments for the conduct disorders. He co-edited the book Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Handbook for Researchers and Practitioners (Urban Institute Press) and has worked for over 20 years with incarcerated men and women, including current projects with the Washington Department of Corrections and with Sponsors, Inc., a transitional housing program in Eugene. His primary research interests include the development and prevention of child antisocial behavior and related problem behaviors, such as substance use and abuse, academic failure, and high risking sexual behavior; Coercion Theory; the development of preventive interventions for incarcerated parents, their children, and the caregivers of their children; early childhood education and intervention; youth mentoring; preventive interventions for physical health problems; and the development and prevention of adjustment problems during adulthood, including substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and suicidality. His primary clinical interests are parent education, parent management training, and individual and marriage and family therapy, with a specific focus on empirically based cognitive-behavioral interventions. He is also interested in the interface between science and policy; culture/ethnicity and prevention; observational research methods; quantitative and qualitative methodologies; and the history of science and psychology.

Project Updates

Parenting After Prison - May 22, 2014

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Oregon prisoners who take parenting class less likely to be rearrested - May 9, 2014

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