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Young Adult Outcomes and the Life-Course Penalties of Parental Incarceration

Title: Young Adult Outcomes and the Life-Course Penalties of Parental Incarceration.
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Name(s): Mears, Daniel P., author
Siennick, Sonja E., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2016-02-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Objectives: The transition to adulthood can be challenging, especially for children of incarcerated parents. Drawing on reentry and life-course scholarship, we argue that parental incarceration may adversely affect multiple life outcomes for children as they progress from adolescence into adulthood and that such effects may persist from early young adulthood into late young adulthood. Methods: The study uses propensity score matching analyses of National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health data (N = 12,844). Results: Analyses identified harmful effects of parental incarceration on many life domains, including criminal behavior, mental health, illegal drug use, education, earnings, and intimate relationships. These effects typically surfaced by early young adulthood and continued into late young adulthood. Conclusions: The results suggest that parental incarceration constitutes a significant turning point in the lives of young people and underscore the importance of life-course perspectives for understanding incarceration effects. They also illustrate that formal punishment policies may create harms that potentially offset intended benefit
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1459443417 (IID), 10.1177/0022427815592452 (DOI)
Keywords: parental incarceration, young adults, life course, outcomes
Publication Note: The published version can be found at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022427815592452
Preferred Citation: Mears, Daniel P., and Sonja E. Siennick. 2016. “Young Adult Outcomes and the Life-Course Penalties of Parental Incarceration.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 53(1):3-35.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1459443417
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
Issue: iss. 1, vol. 53

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Mears, D. P., & Siennick, S. E. (2016). Young Adult Outcomes and the Life-Course Penalties of Parental Incarceration. Journal Of Research In Crime And Delinquency. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1459443417