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ERIC Number: EJ817408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0361-6843
Incarcerated Women's Psychological Functioning during Pregnancy
Hutchinson, Katherine Conlon; Moore, Ginger A.; Propper, Cathi B.; Mariaskin, Amy
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v32 n4 p440-453 Dec 2008
To understand experiences of incarcerated pregnant women, 25 pregnant women in a state prison were interviewed. Responses were coded for frequency and intensity of narrative themes. Psychological distress and recall of past relationships with mothers were assessed using questionnaires. Participants reported moderate depression and high hostility and recalled their own mothers as high in control and low in warmth. Depressive symptoms were positively correlated with themes of separation, attachment, visitation, jealousy toward interim caregivers, and cognitive coping. Recalling lower levels of mother's warmth was correlated with more frequent thoughts about reunification with infants. Recalling higher levels of mother's control was correlated with greater confidence in parenting and planning for custody. Implications for mother-infant health and intervention are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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