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ERIC Number: EJ1010103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Misidentified or Misunderstood? A Reply to Wildeman, Wakefield, and Turney (2013)
Johnson, Elizabeth I.; Easterling, Beth
Journal of Marriage and Family, v75 n1 p259-262 Feb 2013
Johnson and Easterling's original review was intended to underscore both the methodological challenges of disentangling the effects of parental incarceration from other adversities that often co-occur with parental incarceration and the need for conceptual models that can explain how and why parental incarceration may have unique effects on child well-being (Johnson & Easterling, 2012). More generally, the review was designed to invigorate discussion and inquiry related to understanding the unique effects of parental incarceration on child well-being. The important and insightful commentary provided by Wildeman, Wakefield, and Turney (2013) suggests that the article served this purpose with regard to methodological issues and communicates the utility of embracing multiple methods for addressing the problem of selection bias, not only for individuals interested in understanding the effects of parental incarceration on well-being, but also for any researcher dealing with endogeneity issues. At the same time, the commentary also underscores the need for greater attention to the conceptual issues Johnson and Easterling discussed in their original article. In this brief response, Johnson and Easterling elaborate on the scope of their review and consider the implications of some additional studies for the conclusions they made. They also reemphasize the need for conceptual models that can explain the unique effects of parental incarceration on child well-being and discuss directions for future research that they think are indicated by this exchange.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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