Children of Incarcerated Parents

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Children of Incarcerated Parents

SKU# 9780826105134

Theoretical Developmental and Clinical Issues


  • Yvette Harris PhD
  • James. Graham PhD
  • Gloria Jean Carpenter PhD

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This important book covers developmental outcomes of children in this predicament, parenting from prison, and family reunification. It is filled with research findings and addresses clinical issues as well. Many children are affected by a parent in the criminal justice system, and this book is sorely needed. The editors and contributors have produced a wonderful resource." Score: 94, 4 stars


This book serves as a comprehensive source for understanding and intervening with children of incarcerated parents. The text examines the daunting clinical implications inherent in trauma throughout development, as well as social and political roles in ameliorating intergenerational delinquency. It conceptualizes the problem by using an ecological framework that is focused on the experience of the child.

Children of Incarcerated Parents addresses developmental and clinical issues experienced throughout the trajectory of childhood and adolescence with a focus on interventions and social policies to improve outcomes for this under-studied group. The chapters explore individual, community, and national levels of policy, programming, and legislation.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 29, 2010
  • Page Count 320
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826105134
  • EISBN 9780826105141

Table of Contents 

Section One: Framework


Chapter One: The Changing Landscape in the American Prison Population: Implications for Children of Incarcerated Parents


Chapter Two: Parents "in the System:" An Ecological Systems Approach to the Development of Children with Incarcerated Parents


Section Two: Developmental Trajectories


Chapter Three: Children of Incarcerated Parents: Developmental Trajectories Among School-Age Children


Chapter Four:  Children of Promise


Section Three: Environmental Considerations


Chapter Five: The Effects of Incarceration on Neighborhoods and Communities


Chapter Six: Living Arrangements of Children of Incarcerated Parents: The Roles of Stability, Embeddedness, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity

Section Four: Parenting from Prison


Chapter Seven:   Building Partnerships to Strengthen Families: Intervention Programs and Recommendations


Chapter Eight: Strengthening Parent-Child Relationships:Visit Coaching with Children and their Incarcerated Parents


 Section Five: Current and Future Directions


Chapter Nine: Child Welfare Legislation and Policies: Foster Children with a Parent in Prison  



Chapter Ten: Service Planning and Intervention Development for Children of Incarcerated Parents


 Chapter Eleven:   The Challenge of Family Reunification


Chapter Twelve:   Research and Intervention Issues for Moving Forward with Development in Children of Incarcerated Parents: