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NCJ Number: 228481 Find in a Library
Title: Parenting Stress, Alliance, Child Contact, and Adjustment of Imprisoned Mothers and Fathers
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:48  Issue:6  Dated:August-September 2009  Pages:483-503
Author(s): Ann Booker Loper; L. Wrenn Carlson; Lacey Levitt; Kathryn Scheffel
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2004-RP-BX-0004
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study contrasted the parenting stress and adjustment patterns of mothers and fathers incarcerated in U.S. prisons.
Abstract: Results illustrate differences in the levels of contact, parenting stress and alliance, and associated adjustment patterns between incarcerated fathers and mothers. In comparison to inmate mothers, inmate fathers had less contact with children prior to and during incarceration, had poorer parenting alliances with their children's caregivers, and experienced higher levels of parenting stress concerning their attachment to children and competence as a parent. For both men and women, there was an association between parenting stress and increased levels of self-reported violent and aggressive behaviors in prison. For women, increased parenting stress as well as lower levels of parenting alliance with caregivers was associated with heightened depressive symptoms. Data were collected from 111 men and 100 women inmates incarcerated in 1 of 11 prisons in either Texas or Ohio. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Adjustment to prison; Adult offenders
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Behavior under stress; Family histories; Family structure; Individual behavior; Mental health; NIJ grant-related documents; Parental influence; Violent-nonviolent behavior comparisons
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