(Closed) Opinions – Beyond Scared Straight

posted 7 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: Good idea or bad idea?

    Good idea

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    I'm on the fence


  • Post # 3
    4845 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think they should make the parents go through something too. That being said, if I would totally send a kid through that if they were pulling nonsense like that. 

    Post # 4
    2546 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  I thought it was good for a while until I watched it with DH. Apparently when he was a teen his parents made him do something similar. He said he didn’t take it seriously at all and thought it was all a big joke. He knew, even as a kid, that the inmates & guards can’t do anything but scream at you really so it didn’t phase him at all. I guess if you had a sensitive child it might work for them?

    Post # 5
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    This is a bad bad program.  Studies show that this program and programs like it had iatrogenic effects, meaning they have negative outcomes (worse behavior/inprisonment). Family based therapy has shown the most positive results So that’s what I would do instead.  

    Post # 6
    5362 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I’m a sociology and criminal justice major and in my juvenile delinquency class we talked about this subject and the studies that have been done about it. The recidivism rate is actually higher for the kids that go through these scared straight programs as opposed to those that do not. And as another bee said most kids take them as a joke and return to continue their deliquent behaviors, so no I do not think they are good.

    Post # 7
    471 posts
    Helper bee

    I have a degree in sociology, studies suggest that once kids “survive” this, they think of themselves as tougher and go back to their ways of doing things.This show is basically a crash course on prison, but if the kids were there for a longer period of time I think they would get the point. Haven’t done any research on this, but I would bet it would create a better difference than the couple hours the kids are in there.

    It also doesn’t solve the problem, it just recategorizes the child as a criminal, instead of rather getting to the basis of the issue like SES, neighborhood crime rates, parental efficacy, influences, etc.

    Personally, I think they could work if conducted better (meaning not just a day, maybe overnight or weeks)  but just throwing kids in with criminals, is not a good idea.

    Post # 8
    283 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    DH and I watch this show together all the time. The ones where the reported outcome is better happens when the parents are more involved and/or it involves multiple trips. I can’t remember which places has the kids go to the jail, a funeral home and one other place. That one specifically seems (based on my memory. Lol) to have a higher “success” rate. There are a couple places that do follow-ups with really troubled kids. Kids who chose an alternative behavior such as joining ROTC do better, also.

    Maybe DH and I are sick-o’s but after the first 15 minutes peg which kids will remain unchanged. He’s a little more accurate than I am. 


    Post # 9
    8469 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    My husband and I love this show. I think it’s a great idea; however I feel some of those kids should have to stay overnight to get the full effect. 

    I can’t believe how some kids don’t change after experiencing that visit. I’d say they definitely should follow-up with family counseling. 

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