Is parental incarceration ever helpful for children?
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- Research has shown that, for most children, parental incarceration is associated with less optimal child outcomes
- There are sometimes situations, especially if violence is present, when the incarceration of a parent can be a relief—although this occurs in a small minority of cases
- The most rigorous research shows that parental incarceration
- Is common
- Is a relatively new experience in human history
- Involves a series of events and experiences that typically have significant negative consequences for children and families
- Often affects the most vulnerable children and families
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