The well-being of children of incarcerated mothers: An exploratory study for the Netherlands

S.C.E.M. Hissel, C.C.J.H. Bijleveld, C. Kruttschnitt

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Abstract

Little empirical research exists on children whose mothers are incarcerated. We examined Dutch children's experiences regarding their mother's incarceration, using a mixed methods approach. We found that, although children stay in various care-giving situations, a large proportion of them were already living apart from their mothers when maternal incarceration started. The children report elevated levels of problem behaviour and decreased well-being. There is evidence that these may also be due to the negative life events they experienced before their mother's incarceration. Recommendations for future research are discussed. © The Author(s) 2011.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-360
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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