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Children's Contact With Incarcerated Parents.

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Poehlmann-Tynan, Julie.
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University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Institute for Research on Poverty.
Newsletter/Newspaper Article
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The United States incarcerates more people than any other
country in the world, and over half of the 2.3 million inmates
are parents of children under age 18. One in 28 children in
the United States has a parent behind bars, and even more
will have an incarcerated parent at some time during their
childhood. Children with incarcerated parents are more
likely to exhibit trauma symptoms than other children, and
they are at an increased risk of developing problematic
outcomes including behavior problems, substance abuse,
academic difficulties, criminal activity, and physical and
mental health conditions. Having contact with incarcerated
parents through visits, phone calls, and letters has long
been considered important for family well-being during and
following incarceration, yet few researchers, practitioners,
or policymakers have considered this issue from the child’s
perspective. Recent research has shown that the link between
parental incarceration and trauma symptoms can be mediated
through the quality of parental-visitation experiences. (Author abstract)

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