Special Issue "Effects of Parental Incarceration on the Family"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 February 2022.
Interests: interpersonal and sexual relationships; socially vulnerable groups; prison inmates; parental incarceration; health; quality of life
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Interests: loneliness; personal relationships; sexuality
Interests: health and social; emotional; cognitive development of high-risk infants and young children and their families, including children with incarcerated parents
Incarceration has important effects not only on the individual but also on a family level. The relationship between incarcerated parents and their children is inevitably affected. On the one hand, the imprisoned parent has to make a series of decisions about the way in which they want to be a parent from prison or jail and how to carry out their parental role in a satisfactory manner. On the other hand, minors affected by parental imprisonment also suffer the consequences of these circumstances. Children with an incarcerated parent have shown lower levels of physical and psychological health and higher levels of social stigmatization, school and behavioral problems, as well as risky and criminal behavior, among others. To protect their wellbeing, the relationship of the children with five fundamental elements is of special importance: (1) the parent in prison or jail, (2) the prison or jail context and the different types of communications, (3) the main caregiver who is out of prison or jail, whose levels of parental stress are significantly increased, (4) their group of peers, (5) and the school. At last, parents’ (and also non-parents’) romantic and sexual life can also be affected by prison due to the difficulties in keeping in contact and the visits’ conditions in which this contact occurs.
Thus, it is clear that the incarceration of a family member challenges the family as a whole. This Special Issue offers an opportunity to publish high-quality interdisciplinary research (quantitative and qualitative), systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and evidence-based interventions. All these types of articles should be focused on the different challenges that families affected by incarceration face at different levels: children’s wellbeing, parental satisfaction and stress of both the prison inmate and main caregiver outside the prison, and romantic and sexual life. Studies which address the effects of family processes on prison inmates’ intentions of ceasing criminal behavior and/or their record of criminal recidivism are also welcomed.
Dr. Rodrigo J. Carcedo
Prof. Dr. Daniel Perlman
Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan
Dr. Noelia Fernández-Rouco
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- parental incarceration