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Prichard, J 2002 , 'Parent-Child Dynamics - Some Questions for Reintegrative Shaming, Practice and Restorative Justice.' , Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, vol. 35, no. 3 , pp. 330-346 .

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Prichard, J
Keywords: restorative justice; parents; reintegrative shaming; Braithwaite
Journal or Publication Title: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
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