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Collateral Damage: Examining the Impact of Maternal Incarceration. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, August 2009, Pages: 108
The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that women continue to be incarcerated at record numbers. The majority of these women are mothers to children under the age of 18. Consequently more and more children are being negatively effected as a result of this forced separation from their mothers. The research on children with an incarcerated mother documents the adverse impact on the well-being of the children left behind. The children experience a range of difficulties including emotional and psychological difficulties, educational problems and behavioral difficulties. Children who have a mother in prison or jail have been labeled as among the riskiest of the high risk children in our nation. Despite these documented harms there are limited studies on how children of incarcerated mothers suffer. Five previously incarcerated mothers participated in individual interviews designed to obtain their perspectives about any social, emotional, behavioral and/or educational difficulties their children experienced during their term of incarceration and upon their reunification.
Roberta Treadway Gaston, Ph.D. is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and licensed in the state of Ohio. She has taught in the United States and Ghana, West Africa and consults privately on issues of special education. She was recognized as a Rising Young American in Society and Business in 1993. She lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.