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Child well-being when fathers return from prison

A majority of men incarcerated are fathers, but little research has been conducted on the children’s well-being after their father’s release from incarceration. We measured changes in internalizing and externalizing problems (based on father’s and female partner’s report) across a 34-month period among children ages 6–17 (n = 431). Results suggested increased internalizing and externalizing problems in older children, increased internalizing problems when fathers had problem alcohol use, and a moderating role of father–child coresidence and father–child relationship. Programs to promote paternal well-being and father–child relationships before and after reentry may benefit children of incarcerated fathers.


Yaros, A., Ramirez, D., Tueller, S., Mckay, T., Lindquist, C. H., Helburn, A., ... Bir, A. (2018). Child well-being when fathers return from prison. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 57(2), 144-161. https://doi.org/10.1080/10509674.2018.1441204