Child Well-Being When Fathers Return From Prison.
Yaros, Anna. Ramirez, Derek. Tueller, Stephen. McKay, Tasseli.
Published: June 2018
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
Vol. 56, No. 2 , p. 144-161
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A majority of men incarcerated are fathers, but little research has been conducted on the children’s well-being after their father’s release from incarceration. We measured changes in internalizing and externalizing problems (based on father’s and female partner’s report) across a 34-month period among children ages 6–17 (n = 431). Results suggested increased internalizing and externalizing problems in older children, increased internalizing problems when fathers had problem alcohol use, and a moderating role of father–child coresidence and father–child relationship. Programs to promote paternal well-being and father–child relationships before and after reentry may benefit children of incarcerated fathers. (Author abstract)
father child relationships; well being; incarcerated fathers; children of prisoners; reentry; family reunification; child behavior; emotional problems; risk factors