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Incarcerated Parents

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Parental incarceration is a growing issue facing more American teenagers and their families than ever before in American history. This essay reviews recent research examining adolescent development in the context of parental incarceration. Contextual risks present in these adolescents’ environments before, during, and following their parent’s incarceration are explored. Specific topics addressed in this essay include: adolescents’ experience of their parent’s criminal activity, barriers encountered when trying to maintain contact with an incarcerated parent, these children’s experience of stigmatization, and how a parent’s incarceration can disrupt family dynamics. Lastly, implications of this research for future research and intervention are discussed.

Adolescent Development and Parental Incarceration

This essay provides an overview of issues facing adolescents who have a parent incarcerated and to summarize recent research in this area. There are several additional recent...

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Dallaire, D.H. (2011). Incarcerated Parents. In: Levesque, R.J.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Adolescence. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1695-2_335

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