Children Of Incarcerated Parents Have Higher Rates Of Attention Deficits

1246 Words Oct 21st, 2016 5 Pages
According to a study done late in 2014 statistics showed that over one million individuals are incarcerated. More than two million children in the U.S. population are experience growing up with at least one parent incarcerated. With so many individuals incarcerated it has an impact on society as a whole. Thus it affects the family and primarily the children of the incarcerated individual. “Children of incarcerated parents have higher rates of attention deficits that those with parents missing because of death or divorce, and higher rates of behavioral problems, speech, language delays, and other development delays according to a study published last summer in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior that analyzed data from a national survey of children’s health. In separate but related studies, studies showed that there are high rates of asthma, obesity, depression and anxiety”. Depending on the relationship between the parent and the child before the parent’s incarceration can determine how much of an affect it has on the child. I think having a parent that is incarcerated can affect the child not just emotionally but mentally as well. Parent incarceration can cause a child to have attachment issues because it makes it hard for children to build long lasting with others; children may suffer from depression, they are often sad and don’t want to participate in regular activities that they have done with parent that is incarcerated; or they become antisocial…

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