Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Influence of Parental Gender on the Type of Communication between Incarcerated Parents and Their Children
by Lazzari, Sarah Renee, M.S., Portland State University, 2012, 74; 1518891
Abstract (Summary)

The number of children in the United States with an incarcerated parent continues to rise. Currently, more than 1.7 million children have at least one incarcerated parent. In addition, research has found that children with criminally involved parents are at a higher risk of also becoming offenders (Glaze & Maruschak, 2010). Research has shown that incarcerated parents' abilities to maintain communication with their children may decrease negative behaviors while incarcerated and may decrease the negative effects of being removed from their families. The current study utilizes secondary data to explore the types of communication incarcerated parents use in order to stay connected with their children. The goal is to understand gendered differences regarding how incarcerated mothers versus incarcerated fathers choose to communicate with their children, and to understand which forms of communication (letter writing, face to face visits, and phone calls) are utilized most often by incarcerated parents to maintain and strengthen the bonds with their children. Logistic Regressions identified that incarcerated mothers are more likely to have at least one visit, phone call, and will utilize more forms of communication in a month's time, with their children. These findings both support and contradict previous studies. Implications of the findings and further suggestions are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hickman, Laura
Commitee: Renauer, Brian, Salisbury, Emily
School: Portland State University
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 51/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social work, Communication, Criminology, Individual & family studies, Gender studies
Keywords: Children, Communication, Incarcerated, Letter, Parents, Phone call
Publication Number: 1518891
ISBN: 978-1-267-62587-8
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