Qualitative Research on Children of Incarcerated Parents: Findings, Challenges, and Future Directions

  • Jane A. SiegelEmail author
  • Kate Luther


Qualitative research has the potential to give voice to the lived experiences of children of incarcerated parents. This chapter highlights the contributions that key qualitative studies have made to our understanding of topics such as children’s reactions to parental incarceration; sustaining parent–child relationships during incarceration; and the stigma facing the children of incarcerated parents. Methodological challenges associated with conducting qualitative research are discussed. Recommendations for future directions include the need for more research that examines children’s experiences with their parent’s involvement in different stages of the criminal justice system as well as examinations of demographic differences and resilience among children of incarcerated parents.


Children of incarcerated parents Qualitative methods 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal JusticeRutgers University-CamdenCamdenUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyPacific Lutheran UniversityTacomaUSA

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