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NCJ Number: 62825 Find in a Library
Title: SHOULD CHILDREN VISIT THEIR PARENTS IN PRISON?
Journal: LAW AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR  Volume:2  Issue:3  Dated:(1978)  Pages:261-266
Author(s): W H SACK; J SEIDLER
Corporate Author: Plenum Publishing Corp
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Publishing Corp
New York, NY 10013-1576
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY OF 22 CHILDREN AGES 5 THROUGH 15 INDICATES THAT CHILDREN OF PRISONERS APPEAR TO BE RELATIVELY ISOLATED FROM THE USUAL SOCIAL AND PEER RELATIONSHIPS.
Abstract: THE CHILDREN VISITING THEIR IMPRISONED FATHERS AT THE OREGON STATE PENITENTIARY WERE INTERVIEWED FOR 30 MINUTES TO EVALUATE SUCH FACTORS AS THE CHILD'S OVERALL MOOD, THE QUALITY OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CHILD AND THE IMPRISONED FATHER, THE CHILD'S UNDERSTANDING OF THE REASONS FOR IMPRISONMENT, AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE VISITS THEMSELVES. ALL THE CHILDREN HAD HAD EXTENSIVE CONTACT WITH THEIR PARENT PRIOR TO SEPARATION. PRELIMINARY FINDINGS INDICATED THAT CHILDREN OF PRISONERS WERE RELATIVELY ISOLATED FROM THE USUAL SOCIAL AND PEER RELATIONSHIPS. IN ADDITION, THE CHILDREN ALSO EXPERIENCED INNER CONFLICT OVER THE IMPRISONMENT ITSELF WITH CONSEQUENT SEPARATION FROM, AND PUNISHMENT OF, THE PARENT. VISITATION WAS AN IMPORTANT LINK OF CONTINUITY IN THEIR PATERNAL RELATIONSHIP AND MAY ALSO HAVE COUNTERACTED INITIAL FRIGHT ABOUT THE PRISON. THE REPORT CONCLUDES THAT EMPIRICAL DATA NEED TO BE COLLECTED FROM LARGER SAMPLES TO EVALUATE SUCCESSFULLY THE PSYCHOSOCIAL REACTIONS IN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO PRISONER-PARENT CONTACTS. REFERENCES ARE CITED. (MJW)
Index Term(s): Children of incarcerated offenders; Domestic relations; Families of inmates; Inmate visits
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