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NCJ Number: NCJ 242165    
Title: Effects of Parental Imprisonment on Children (From Crime and Justice: A Review of Research, Volume 37, P 133-206, 2008, Michael Tonry, ed. - See NCJ-242161)
Author(s): Joseph Murray ; David P. Farrington
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 74
  Annotation: This essay examined child outcomes that occur during parental imprisonment.
Abstract: The number of children experiencing parental imprisonment is increasing in Western industrialized countries. Parental imprisonment is a risk factor for child antisocial behavior, offending, mental health problems, drug abuse, school failure, and unemployment. However, very little is known about whether parental imprisonment causes these problems. Parental imprisonment might cause adverse child outcomes because of the trauma of parent-child separation, stigma, or social and economic strain. Children may have worse reactions to parental imprisonment if their mother is imprisoned or if parents are imprisoned for longer periods of time or in more punitive social contexts. Children should be protected from harmful effects of parental imprisonment by using family-friendly prison practices, financial assistance, parenting programs, and sentences that are less stigmatizing for offenders and their families. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Problem behavior ; Effects of imprisonment ; Children of incarcerated offenders ; Female inmates ; Sentencing reform ; Corrections policies ; Children at risk ; Adolescents at risk
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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