CitationRoettger, Michael & Swisher, Raymond (2010). Parental incarceration and adult criminal justice involvement among a nationally representative sample of young adults. 2010 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.
AbstractIn the last four decades, incarceration rates have increased by over 600% in the U.S. Accompanying this increase has been a dramatic rise in the number of Americans who report a parent who has served time in jail or prison. Due to lack of nationally representative data, almost no studies have examined the relationship between parental imprisonment and adult criminal justice involvement in the contemporary U.S. Using data from Wave IV interviews of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, this study examine how mother or father's imprisonment is associated with adult arrest and incarceration. Using event history analysis, we examine the degree to which these associations are moderated and/or mediated by associated factors, including family socioeconomic status, timing of parent's incarceration, low self-control, and respondent's educational attainment. Our results provide some of the first evidence that parental incarceration is a major risk factor for one's own arrest and incarceration.
Reference TypeConference proceeding
Book Title2010 Add Health Users Conference