This review of the literature explored the particular risks facing children between the ages of 0-18 with incarcerated mothers who are also involved in the child welfare system, the programs and social support services available to them, and the effectiveness of the existing types of programs in the United States working with child welfare agencies towards the reunification of mothers with their children. This literature review analyzed the content of22 empirically researched articles from the last 15 years. Results of this literature review found that children with incarcerated mothers show higher rates of problem behaviors, including delinquency, psychosocial maladjustment, and school difficulties. Additionally, studies showed that while social support services and programs are available to incarcerated mothers and children, a comprehensive strategy needs to be created between child welfare and criminal justice systems to develop uniform methods for information-sharing and coordination of services that foster family reunification on a national level.
|Commitee:||Meyer-Adams, Nancy, Potts, Marilyn|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Criminology|
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