Children of incarcerated and criminal parents: adjustment, behavior, and prognosis.

S. Gabel,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law 20(1): 33-45, 1992.
The population of incarcerated individuals in the United States has risen dramatically in the last decade. There is very little information available about the psychological reactions or adjustment of the children of these incarcerated individuals, although it is likely that this population of apparently high risk children also has increased. This article reviews the literature on the behavioral problems and adjustment of children during the time of their parent's incarceration. It discusses these children and their behavior in the context of their family characteristics, their prognosis, and their current clinical needs. [References: 46]