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Children’s Experiences of Contact with Imprisoned Parents: A Comparison between Four European Countries

Sharratt, Kathryn (2014) Children’s Experiences of Contact with Imprisoned Parents: A Comparison between Four European Countries. European Journal of Criminology, 11 (6). pp. 760-775. ISSN 1477-3708

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Abstract

Across the European Union an increasing number of children are experiencing parental imprisonment and the adverse emotional, behavioural and social outcomes that it entails. Separation due to imprisonment also places strain on parent-child relationships, with children reporting feelings of abandonment and alienation, and difficulties communicating with their imprisoned parent. This paper presents findings from interviews with a total of 135 families in the UK, Germany, Romania and Sweden. There were noticeable country differences in the practical and financial barriers to maintaining contact and the suitability of prison visiting environments. This had important implications for children’s emotional health and the extent to which contact was conducive to supporting parent-child relationships.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Applied Criminology Centre
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2014 12:10
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 16:40
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/19764

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