The impact of maternal incarceration on latency aged children

Publication Year:
2013
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Repository URL:
https://scholarworks.smith.edu/theses/943
Author(s):
Ryan, Mae M
Tags:
Children of women prisoners-Psychology; Women prisoners-Family relationships; Mother and child; Attachment behavior in children; Maternal deprivation; Absentee mothers; Families; Attachment theory; Family systems theory; Maternal incarceration; Social and Behavioral Sciences
thesis / dissertation description
The rate of maternal incarceration has significantly increased throughout the past forty years. A rising number of children under the age of eighteen experience having their mother incarcerated. Evidence suggests maternal incarceration creates significant disruptions within family structures and has implications for the attachments children will form. Evidence suggests children whose mother is incarcerated primarily display insecure attachments. Researchers posit that family systems endure significant changes and emotional relationships are greatly altered.