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Attachment and caregiving relationships in families affected by parental incarceration.
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PMID:  20582847     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This longitudinal, mixed method study focused on 57 families of children who participated in a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents. Children ranged in age from 4 to 15 years. Monthly interviews were conducted with children, caregivers, and mentors during the first six months of program participation, and questionnaires were administered at intake and six months to assess caregiver-child and incarcerated parent-child relationships, contact with incarcerated parents, and children's behavior problems. Although some children viewed their incarcerated parents as positive attachment figures, other children reported negative feelings toward or no relationship with incarcerated parents. In addition, our assessments of children nine years old and older revealed that having no contact with the incarcerated parent was associated with children reporting more feelings of alienation toward that parent compared to children who had contact. Children's behavior problems were a primary concern, often occurring in a relational context or in reaction to social stigma associated with parental imprisonment.
Rebecca J Shlafer; Julie Poehlmann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Attachment & human development     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1469-2988     ISO Abbreviation:  Attach Hum Dev     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-28     Completed Date:  2011-01-06     Revised Date:  2012-10-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100901315     Medline TA:  Attach Hum Dev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  395-415     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Caregivers / psychology*
Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
Child, Preschool
Cooperative Behavior
Family Relations
Longitudinal Studies
Multivariate Analysis
Object Attachment*
Parent-Child Relations*
Parents / psychology*
Prisoners / psychology*
Qualitative Research
Social Perception
Statistics as Topic
Grant Support
T32 MH015755/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; T32 MH015755-33/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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