The United States has more than 2 million people behind bars, and 45 percent were living with their children before they were imprisoned. U.S. children of incarcerated parents are an extremely vulnerable group, and much more likely to have behavioral problems and physical and mental health conditions than their peers.
In this recording of a webinar, Kristin Turney, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Irvine, presented findings from her research on the well-being of children with incarcerated parents. She is among a group of researchers using the Fragile Families and Children Wellbeing Study to understand the effects of incarceration on crucial aspects of child development, including parent-child relationships, school difficulties, and homelessness. Her discussion was followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers.
This webinar is provided by PRB’s Center for Public Information on Population Research, with funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.