CitationSykes, Bryan L. & Pettit, Becky (2019). Measuring the Exposure of Parents and Children to Incarceration. In Eddy, J. Mark & Poehlmann-Tynan, Julie (Eds.), Handbook on Children with Incarcerated Parents: Research, Policy, and Practice (pp. 11-23). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
AbstractEstimates suggest that millions of childrenChildren in the USAUnited States have a parentParent incarcerated in prisonPrison or jailJail each year. Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ periodic surveys of imprisoned individuals; cohort studies including the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing StudyFragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) and the National Survey of Adolescent HealthHealth (AddHealth); and large cross-sectional surveys like the National Survey of ChildrenChildren’s HealthHealth (NSCH) have all been used to estimate parents’ and childrenChildren’s riskRisk of exposureExposure to various dimensions of the criminal justice systemCriminal justice system. This chapter summarizes key studies that have sought to quantify parental incarcerationParental incarceration and childrenChildren’s exposureExposure to having a parentParent incarcerated. We discuss how different methods of data collection and analytical strategies influence the measurementMeasurement of parents’ and childrenChildren’s contactContact with the criminal justice systemCriminal justice system as well as estimates of the relationship between parental incarcerationParental incarceration and childChild outcomes, and we offer recommendations for future researchResearch and practicePractice.
Reference TypeBook Chapter
Book TitleHandbook on Children with Incarcerated Parents: Research, Policy, and Practice
Author(s)Sykes, Bryan L.