Handbook on Children with Incarcerated Parents

Research, Policy, and Practice

  • J. Mark Eddy
  • Julie Poehlmann-Tynan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxix
  2. Current Trends and New Findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bryan L. Sykes, Becky Pettit
      Pages 11-23
    3. Sara Wakefield, Chase Montagnet
      Pages 25-35
    4. Angela Bruns, Hedwig Lee
      Pages 37-52
    5. Kirsten L. Besemer, Susan M. Dennison, Catrien C. J. H. Bijleveld, Joseph Murray
      Pages 65-81
  3. Developmental and Family Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Cynthia Burnson, Lindsay Weymouth
      Pages 85-99
    3. Rebecca J. Shlafer, Laurel Davis, Danielle H. Dallaire
      Pages 101-116
    4. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, Kaitlyn Pritzl
      Pages 131-147
  4. Intervention Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Mary W. Byrne
      Pages 167-181
    3. Ann Booker Loper, Caitlin Novero Clarke, Danielle H. Dallaire
      Pages 183-203
    4. Matthew A. Hagler, Liza Zwiebach, Jean E. Rhodes, Catherine Dun Rappaport
      Pages 205-217
    5. J. Mark Eddy, Jean M. Kjellstrand, Charles R. Martinez Jr., Rex Newton, Danita Herrera, Alice Wheeler et al.
      Pages 219-235
    6. Alyssa W. Goldman, Lars H. Andersen, Signe H. Andersen, Christopher Wildeman
      Pages 237-248
  5. Perspectives

  6. Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, Erin Sugrue, Jacquelynn Duron, Dianne Ciro, Amy Messex
      Pages 345-352
    3. Creasie Finney Hairston
      Pages 373-379
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 381-386

About this book


The second edition of this handbook examines family life, health, and educational issues that often arise for the millions of children in the United States whose parents are in prison or jail. It details how these youth are more likely to exhibit behavior problems such as aggression, substance abuse, learning difficulties, mental health concerns, and physical health issues. It also examines resilience and how children and families thrive even in the face of multiple challenges related to parental incarceration. Chapters integrate diverse; interdisciplinary; and rapidly expanding literature and synthesizes rigorous scholarship to address the needs of children from multiple perspectives, including child welfare; education; health care; mental health; law enforcement; corrections; and law. The handbook concludes with a chapter that explores new directions in research, policy, and practice to improve the life chances of children with incarcerated parents.

Topics featured in this handbook include:

  • Findings from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study.
  • How parental incarceration contributes to racial and ethnic disparities and inequality.
  • Parent-child visits when parents are incarcerated in prison or jail.
  • Approaches to empowering incarcerated parents of color and their families.
  • International advances for incarcerated parents and their children.

The second edition of the Handbook on Children with Incarcerated Parents is an essential reference for researchers, professors, clinicians/practitioners, and graduate students across developmental psychology, criminology, sociology, law, psychiatry, social work, public health, human development, and family studies.


This important new volume provides a cutting-edge update of research on the impact of incarceration on family life. The book will be an essential reference for researchers and practitioners working at the intersections of criminal justice, poverty, and child development.

Bruce Western, Ph.D., Columbia University


The comprehensive, interdisciplinary focus of this handbook brilliantly showcases the latest research, interventions, programs, and policies relevant to the well-being of children with incarcerated parents. This edition is a ‘must-read’ for students, researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers alike who are dedicated to promoting the health and resilience of children affected by parental incarceration.

Leslie Leve, Ph.D., University of Oregon


Bureau of Justice Statistics National Surveys Caregiving, family contexts and incarcerated parents Child behavioral outcomes and parental incarceration Child educational outcomes and parental incarceration Child-friendly visitation and corrections Childhood physical health and parental incarceration Community reentry, transition, and parental incarceration Community reentry, transition, and parental incarceration Family Law Project, incarcerated parents, and child well-being Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study Incarcerated mothers and child development Incarcerated parents and social outcomes for children Infants and young children with incarcerated parents Intergenerational consequences of parental incarceration Nonprofits, intervention and prevention services Parental criminal justice and child contact and well-being Parental incarceration, middle childhood, adolescence Prison nurseries and incarcerated parents Probation, community service, incarceration alternatives Racial and ethnic disparities and criminal justice

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Mark Eddy
    • 1
  • Julie Poehlmann-Tynan
    • 2
  1. 1.Family Translational Research GroupNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Human Development & Family StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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