Childhood upheaval is the unintended consequence of parents going to prison. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors of kids with jailed parents shared their perceptions of exactly how that event affected their mentees’ mental, physical and emotional stability.  The results of that conversation are presented here. 

February 5, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How parental incarceration affected these mentored children.

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    How this focus group research was conducted.

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    Why kids react differently to the incarceration situation.

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    How age, gender, income and ethnicity affect child behavior.

Key Takeaway

Stigma and shame were felt by most children of incarcerated parents discussed in this study.

A mother’s imprisonment is a greater disruption in a child’s life than a father’s.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations