Editors Sharon M. Ballard and Alan C. Taylor bridge the gap between research and practice by examining and presenting key strategies for working with diverse populations, including those based on race and ethnicity, family structure, geographic location, and context. By defining 11 diverse groups and presenting their strengths and unique cultural characteristics, the editors present an evidence-based practice approach with each chapter, prescribing the best practices for working with these diverse groups in regard to general family life education (FLE) needs, educator characteristics, ethical considerations, marketing and recruitment, modes of learning, and environmental considerations. This book is essential for students who are preparing to work with families, as well as professionals engaging in FLE activities with diverse populations.

Family Life Education with Prison Inmates and their Families

Family life education with prison inmates and their families
Maureen T.Mulroy

Although the decades-long growth of the U.S. prison population continues to profit from much public and political support, the negative economic consequences are causing many to question the efficacy of the system. This chapter summarizes the far-reaching but largely hidden impact of incarceration on the children and extended families of inmates, as well as on the prisoners themselves.

Based upon personal and professional experiences with incarcerated parents and their families, I propose that family life educators are professionally prepared to analyze and negotiate this country's fragmented judicial and penal systems. Family life educators are in a prime position to advocate for and to develop the type of multifaceted, ...

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