Children Who Fall A Victim Essay

1245 Words Nov 8th, 2016 5 Pages
In my essay I will examine how children who fall a victim to parental incarceration suffer everyday. The children deal with short term and long term effects of having an incarcerated parent even after the parent returns home from prison.
According to Rutgers University National Resource Center on Children & Families of the Incarcerated more than 2.7 million children have in the United States of America have an incarcerated parent, that is one in every twenty eight children. About 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their life for a child in the United States this can be very scary. A study performed in 1998 showed that 67% of the arrests were done in front of the child, 27% reported that weapons were drawn in front of the child and 4.3% reported a physical struggle. Separation impact can kick in from seeing the parent being taken away in such an abrupt fashion symptoms of this is depression, anger, and doing poor in school. As I looked further into this study I found information that focused on the situation of the parent being arrested from the child 's point of view. As claimed by a the Prison Fellowship website the biggest feeling child goes through is having a lack of control. Not being able to see the parent, worry about the parent induced by confusion. The child experiences fear of never seeing the parent again which could lead to anxiety, depression and other forms of mental illnesses.
Although the child will suffer and deal…

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