Broken Bonds: Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Children With Incarcerated Parents.

Page Count
21
Year Published
2008
Author (Individual)
La Vigne, Nancy G.
Davies, Elizabeth.
Brazzell, Diana.
Author (Organization)
Urban Institute. Justice Policy Center.
Resource Type
Report
Resource Format
PDF
Over 1.5 million children in this country currently have one or both of their parents incarcerated. In addition to the trauma of this loss, these children face tremendous uncertainty in their living arrangements, relationships with loved ones, and family financial stability. Short-term coping responses and heavy stigma are common, both of which may lead to long-term emotional and behavioral challenges. This report reviews the current research on children with incarcerated parents and offers recommendations on how to reduce the negative impact of parental incarceration, with particular attention to the role of supportive relationships with the incarcerated parent and other adults. (Author abstract)

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