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12-10-2021 | Original Paper

Caregiving Arrangements and Caregiver Well-being when Infants are Born to Mothers in Prison

Auteurs: Virginia E. Pendleton, Elizabeth M. Schmitgen, Laurel Davis, Rebecca J. Shlafer

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 7/2022

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Abstract

Each year in the United States, over 1000 women give birth while in prison. Little is known about who cares for the infants after they are separated from their biological mothers. Additionally, little is known about the household characteristics of the caregivers, or the transitions infants may experience in their first year of life. In this study, we retrospectively reviewed administrative records of all the births (N = 114) to women incarcerated at one large Midwestern women’s prison between May 2013 and December 2018. We then conducted telephone interviews with caregivers (n = 30) who had provided care for 38 infants to better understand the context of caregiving for infants born to mothers in prison. We found that infants were most often discharged from the hospital to a grandparent. Caregivers reported a variety of challenges while caring for the infants, including maintaining employment, increased stressors, and the difficulty of transitioning the infant to another caregiver. By the age of one year, just under half of the infants remained under the primary care of the person who brought the infant home from the hospital; about one-quarter had transitioned to their biological mother’s care following their mothers’ release from prison. Results have implications for policies and programs aimed at supporting infants, caregivers, and mothers in prison.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Caregiving Arrangements and Caregiver Well-being when Infants are Born to Mothers in Prison
Auteurs
Virginia E. Pendleton
Elizabeth M. Schmitgen
Laurel Davis
Rebecca J. Shlafer
Publicatiedatum
12-10-2021
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 7/2022
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-021-02089-w

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