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ERIC Number: ED154322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun-28
Pages: 16
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What Happens When a Mother Goes to Prison? An Overview of Relevant Legal and Psychological Considerations.
Hoffman, Susan L.
This paper points out that a basic difference between the incarceration of men and that of women is that women are often the sole or primary caretakers of children at the time they are arrested. The disposition of the children varies greatly among states, and may involve anything from a court-ordered termination of the mother's parental rights to a temporary and casual placement of the child in the home of a relative. The paper reviews the literature on attachment theory, then discusses the damage that may be done to a young child by abrupt separation from its primary caretaker. It is suggested that for children under the age of three years, unless the mother has been abusive or grossly negligent in her child care, the best interests of the child may require that prisons provide nursery facilities so that infants can remain with their mothers for the period of incarceration, or until the infants have outgrown the critical period for forming the attachment bond. The paper also contains a brief summary of the legal and psychological problems inherent in terminating parental rights upon incarceration and also in providing temporary care for these children in foster homes. (Author)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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