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.
Child well-being when fathers return from prison
Yaros, A., Ramirez, D., Tueller, S., Mckay, T., Lindquist, C. H., Helburn, A., Feinberg, R., & 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