A Retrospective Look at the Experience of Parental Incarceration and Family Reentry During Adolescence

Carrie Jefferson Smith, Diane S. Young

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Abstract

Few studies provide firsthand experiences of parental incarceration in adolescents’ own voices. Fourteen young men and women retrospectively shared their experiences of parental incarceration and family reentry during adolescence. Individual interviews focused on the following qualitative research questions: (1) What is the experience of parental incarceration and reentry for adolescents? (2) How does the child–parent relationship change from pre- to postincarceration? Relationships with incarcerated parents tended toward estrangement. Negative emotions and need for emotional support were predominant in the sample. Findings have implications for improving mental health services for children and families, trauma work, and policy interventions across services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-488
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Volume32
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 17 2017

Keywords

  • adolescence
  • health
  • mental health
  • parent child relationship
  • parental incarceration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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