Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 303–312 | Cite as

Like father like son: Imprisonment of fathers and the psychological adjustment of sons

  • Ernst L. Moerk
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Abstract

The present study demonstrates that profiles of children from families with imprisoned fathers were more similar to those of juvenile delinquents and less similar to the norm group than were the profiles of children from divorced families. Based on findings presented, it would not be justified to conclude that father absence and father imprisonmentper se were the causes of negative psychological reactions. Discordant family relationships before the father left the family could have primarily caused the disturbance of these children.

Keywords

Health Psychology Norm Group School Psychology Family Relationship Psychological Adjustment 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernst L. Moerk
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentCalifornia State UniversityFresno

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