ERIC Number: EJ914524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Children of Incarcerated Mothers and Their Caregivers: Factors Affecting the Quality of Their Relationship
Mackintosh, Virginia H.; Myers, Barbara J.; Kennon, Suzanne S.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v15 n5 p579-594 Oct 2006
We examined the quality of the relationship between children of incarcerated mothers and their kinship caregivers, to investigate whether perceived levels of warmth and acceptance were related to assessments of the children's behaviors. The sample consisted of 69 children (6 to 12 years) with currently incarcerated mothers who attended a recreational summer camp, and 25 of their caregivers. Children who felt lower levels of warmth and acceptance from their caregivers self-reported greater internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Caregivers' warmth and acceptance toward the children was lower when they assessed the children's behavior as difficult and the caregivers' parenting stress was high.
Descriptors: Mothers, Caregivers, Parent Child Relationship, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Interpersonal Relationship, Affective Behavior, Correlation, Child Behavior, Children, Preadolescents, Stress Variables
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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