Effects of parental imprisonment on child antisocial behaviour and mental health: a systematic review

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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10900/64672
Dokumentart: Aufsatz
Date: 2009-09
Source: Campbell Systematic Reviews, 4, 2009
Language: English
Faculty: Kriminologisches Repository
Kriminologisches Repository
Department: Kriminologie
DDC Classifikation: 360 - Social problems and services; associations
Keywords: Strafgefangener , Kind , Familienbeziehung , Elternschaft , Abweichendes Verhalten , Gesundheit
Other Keywords:
parental imprisonment
antisocial behaviour
mental health
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Parental imprisonment can cause many problems for the family left behind, including difficulty organising childcare, loss of family income, trouble maintaining contact with the imprisoned parent, stigma, and home, school and neighbourhood moves. Children and parents can be distressed by the separation. Children may respond by acting out or becoming withdrawn, anxious or depressed. We conducted an exhaustive search for studies that examined children's antisocial behaviour and mental health after parental imprisonment. We found 16 studies with appropriate evidence. These studies all showed that children of prisoners are more likely than other children to show antisocial and mental health problems. However, it was unclear whether parental imprisonment actually caused these problems. They might have been caused by other disadvantages in children's lives that existed before parental imprisonment occurred. Children of prisoners are a vulnerable group. More research is required to determine whether or not parental imprisonment causes an increase in child antisocial behaviour and mental health problems.

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