University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach
Children of incarcerated mothers and fathers are at a high risk of developing emotional, psychological, and behavioral problems (Dallaire, 2000; Lotze, Ravindran, & Myers, 2010; Nurse, 2004). The literature review conducted for this study noted several problematic behaviors. Some children were at a high risk for delinquency and criminal activity. Others experienced several home displacements which led to foster care or grand parenting responsibilities (Belknap, 2006). Further, mental health issues and school behavior problems were directly linked to parental incarceration (Arditti, 2012). Four main problems in children were identified, which included aggression, anxiety, poor concentration, and social withdrawal. Some children of incarcerated parents demonstrated destructive attributes such as depression, predictive behaviors related to unsuccessful school achievement, and greater risk for intergenerational incarceration (Wildeman, 2010).
Children of prisoners; Children of prisoners--Effect of imprisonment on; Children of women prisoners; Crime; Foster children--Care; Foster home care; Juvenile delinquency; Juvenile delinquents; Prisoners
Community-Based Research | Juvenile Law | Law | Political Science | Social Work
Wakefield, M. A.
Emotional, Psychological, and Behavioral Challenges of Children with Incarcerated Parents.
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