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Mothers Facing Imprisonment: Arranging Care for Their Adolescent Children

NCJ Number
Women & Criminal Justice Volume: 23 Issue: 1 Dated: January - March 2013 Pages: 43-62
Catherine Flynn
Date Published
January 2013
20 pages
This study that examined the impact of maternal incarceration on adolescent children in Victoria, Australia
Although the population of imprisoned mothers is increasing, little formal data have been gathered about their dependents. This article draws on data from a study that examined the impact of maternal incarceration on 20 adolescent children in Victoria, Australia, focusing specifically on how and what care arrangements were made for the children and the implications of this care. Findings show a number of supportive and hindering factors that influence the making of care arrangements, including the support of another adult who enabled the woman in her role as mother, mothers' realistic outlook, and subsequent behaviors. Even where there were chronic problems, such as substance use, with a balance of supportive factors, these women were able to make reasonable and stable care arrangements for their children. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.