Incarcerated Parents Case Study
The case studies are to understand the natural lived experience between incarcerated parents and the exposure and lived experience of the children whose parents are incarcerated. According to Harris, Graham, & Carpenter (2010), there are 2.7 million children in the United States that have parents who are incarcerated. Many caregivers tell children that their parents may be attending college out of town or assisting other family members. What some children are told can cause more confusion than if they were told the truth about the parents location.
In order to prevent adverse outcomes with these children, the social capital theory would be utilized. According to Wright, Cullen, & Miller (2001), it provides understanding …show more content…
Each question asked an open ended question that will provide insight into the lived experiences and effect of the child. According to Ravitch and Carl (2012), open ended question requires more thought and more than a simple one-word answer. The questions will be listed and provided to each child and the researcher will record the answers.
The following are the questions: (1) Who told you that your mom/dad is in prison? And how old were you? (2) When will your parent be released? (3) What was your first reaction? (4) Did you tell anyone? And how do they treat you after knowing? (5) Has your school work suffered? and (6) Have you visited her parent in prison? If no, why not? If yes, why and how many …show more content…
Research has failed to offer any real empirical studies to hear the voices of those most affected, though third party research is illustrating a risk to the children’s development. There is a gap in understanding what may be first hand experiences are for those children affected and the research can help quell the lingering collateral effects on the children, on the family and on the community.
The results of the case study can impact positive social change for the children, families, parents and communities of those affected by mass incarceration by providing an intensive analysis from the children’s perspective that will enhance other empirical research. The results can also be effective in identifying the children’s needs, from their perspective and using their ideas to better serve their needs and assist them with adjusting to their parent’s incarceration and improve the effects of the incarceration on their overall well-being. This study can be instrumental in supporting organizations that provide support to the incarcerated children and the parent’s advocates by utilizing the results to address current mandatory sentencing laws, mentoring programs, care giver support, employment and educational opportunities. Overall, the results can improve the human and social conditions by increasing awareness and understanding