University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
There are at least 1.5 million adult children of incarcerated parents in the United States based on research conducted in 2000. While research has been conducted on this population while they were under the age of 18, little research has focused on their reflection of their childhood experiences nor on their transition into adulthood. Existing literature provides insight on their experiences as it pertained to peer and caregiver feedback, child and development into adulthood, parent-child relationships, and intervention recommendations. An exploratory qualitative study is conducted with adult children of incarcerated parents (n=5) in order to gain insight into their experiences and their interpretation of them from an older perspective. The findings focused on the themes of relationships, environment, and development as supported by Ecological Systems Theory. Discussed are the limitations, implications for practice, and suggestions for further studies.
B. S. W.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Social Work.
Children of prisoners; Prisoners-- Family relationships; Prisoners' families
Helton, Opeletia, "Experiences of adult children with previously incarcerated parents: a qualitative study" (2019). Honors Theses.