Soto, Vanessa (2015). Parental incarceration and the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.
This study examined the relationship between parental incarceration and intergenerational incarceration and how children of incarcerated parents are more likely to be incarcerated than their peers who did not have incarcerated parents. The sample consisted of 5,114 respondents in the Add Health Wave IV public use dataset. A chi-square test of independence found that the respondents whose mothers and fathers served time in jail were more likely to be arrested themselves. These findings suggest that parental incarceration does have an effect on a child as he or she transitions into adolescence and adulthood. Future research should examine pathways through which parental incarceration affects a child's well-being as well as other factors that are associated with the parent's sentence, type of crime, and paternal versus maternal incarceration. Furthermore, interventions are necessary in treating children whose parents are incarcerated in order to help prevent them from falling privy to intergenerational incarceration.
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