Risk and Resilience in Children of Prisoners: A Research Review

Kris Christmann, M.C. Turluic, C Majrean

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This paper reviews theory and evidence on the risk for child mental health and well-being following parental imprisonment in Europe, America, and Australasia, and examines some cross-country differences in outcomes. In an attempt to explain these cross-country differences a particular focus on strengths based approaches is provided in discussing how a number of risk factors might explain mental health problems following parental imprisonment. In doing so, the authors seek to integrate findings from both deficit perspectives and the resilience research literature and point the way to a more profitable research agenda. The implications of resiliency processes in understanding positive adaptation for children of prisoners are then discussed. The paper argues the pivotal role that family resilience and community resilience (especially school social support) plays in building the capacity for resilience, and the consequent need to broaden the research agenda by investigating resilience at the individual, relational and community level.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5(2)
Pages (from-to)53-76
Number of pages24
JournalScientific Annals of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iaşi. New Series. Sociology and Social Work Section
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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