Children’s Contact with Incarcerated Parents

Implications for Policy and Intervention

  • Julie Poehlmann-Tynan

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Also part of the Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice book sub series (ACFPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Rebecca J. Shlafer, Ann Booker Loper, Leah Schillmoeller
    Pages 1-21
  3. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, Hilary Runion, Cynthia Burnson, Sarah Maleck, Lindsay Weymouth, Kierra Pettit et al.
    Pages 39-58
  4. Heather H. McClure, Joann Wu Shortt, J. Mark Eddy, Alice Holmes, Stan Van Uum, Evan Russell et al.
    Pages 59-82
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 115-115

About this book


​This Brief explores the potential effects of parent-child contact during incarceration on child and adult relationships, well-being, and parenting as well as corrections-related issues, such as institutional behavior and recidivism. It presents a literature review on what is currently known about parent-child contact during parental incarceration in addition to several empirical studies, followed by a summary, commentary, and briefing report. The empirical studies focus on contact in both jail and prison settings. Because jails in the United States handle more admissions per year than prisons – and studies of jailed parents and their children are not common in the literature – two of the three studies presented focus on jails. Following the empirical studies, a summary that includes recommendations for policy and intervention is presented, along with a commentary that explores what researchers need to do to make effective policy recommendations. This Brief is an essential resource for policy makers and related professionals, graduate students, and researchers in child and school psychology, family studies, public health, social work, law/criminal justice, and sociology.​


Barrier visits between incarcerated parents and children Corrections and parent-child visitation Depression in incarcerated mothers Emotion dysregulation in incarcerated mothers Externalizing problems of children with incarcerated parents Imprisoned parents and child face-to-face visitation Imprisonment and parent-child barrier visitation Incarcerated fathers and child visitation Incarcerated parents and child visitation Internalizing problems of children with incarcerated parents Jailed fathers and children’s behavior problems Jailed mothers and children’s behavior problems Jailed parents and children’s trauma Jailed parents observation Mail exchanges between incarcerated parents and children Maternal and child adjustment during imprisonment Maternal and child adjustment following imprisonment Maternal cortisol levels during prison visits with children Mental health interventions for incarcerated parents Mental health issues in incarcerated mothers

Editors and affiliations

  • Julie Poehlmann-Tynan
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Development & Family StudiesUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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