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Parent-Child Dynamics in Community Conferences - Some Questions for Reintegrative Shaming, Practice and Restorative Justice

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Prichard, JP, Parent-Child Dynamics in Community Conferences - Some Questions for Reintegrative Shaming, Practice and Restorative Justice, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 35, (3) pp. 330-346. ISSN 0004-8658 (2002) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1375/acri.35.3.330

Abstract

This paper discusses two aspects of Crime, Shame and Reintegration (Braithwaite, 1989) concerning the parents of young offenders in reintegrative shaming ceremonies. First, the paper tackles Braithwaite's assumption that parents of young offenders are substantively similar to any other participants in the ceremony. Two sources of evidence are drawn upon: psychology literature regarding parental self-efficacy (Bandura, 1989; Coleman & Karraker, 1997) and qualitative observations of 34 community conferences in Tasmania, to suggest that in community conferences parents are likely to feel personally judged by other adult participants and even "on trial". Second, the paper considers the dangers inherent in Braithwaite's assertion that directing shame at parents of young offenders can be conducive to reintegrative shaming. The dangers discussed include the stigmatisation of parents, in some cases critical damage to the confidence of parents in their parenting abilities, and the disruption of parent-child relationships. Ultimately, shaming parents may worsen the environment of the young offender concerned.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law
Research Field:Law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the Law
Objective Field:Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
Author:Prichard, JP (Dr Jeremy Prichard)
ID Code:24654
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2009-07-27
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