Parental incarceration and neighborhood attainment


Finkeldey, Jessica Grace (2016). Parental incarceration and neighborhood attainment. 2016 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


Prior studies have found that parental incarceration is related to antisocial behavior, contact with the criminal justice system, economic hardship, and residential instability, among other things. However, the majority of research on parental incarceration has focused on childhood outcomes and no prior studies have empirically tested the relationship between parental incarceration and neighborhood attainment. Thus, the current study addressed an important gap in the literature by examining how experiencing the incarceration of a parent as a minor influenced neighborhood attainment in adulthood using Waves I, III, and IV of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health). Analyses reveal that those who experience parental incarceration live in significantly more disadvantaged areas in adulthood than those who don’t experience parental incarceration, and this effect is, in part, mediated by adult statuses. Thus, the current study supports recent research that has found parental incarceration has life-long effects on children.


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Conference proceeding

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2016 Add Health Users Conference


Finkeldey, Jessica Grace

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Bethesda, MD

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