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Examining the Impact of Parenthood and Family Connectedness on Offenders' Reentry Experiences

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dc.contributor.advisor Bennett Cattaneo, Lauren Grossmann, Jessica
dc.creator Grossmann, Jessica 2015-09-14T14:18:21Z 2015-09-14T14:18:21Z 2016
dc.description.abstract Approximately 12.9 million individuals are released from jails each year into communities, where they are at-risk for recidivism, homelessness, substance abuse, difficulty transitioning into new employment roles, and other negative outcomes. Research has examined the reentry process for offenders, and suggests that family relationships may influence the likelihood of success during reentry. However, this literature focuses on the broad population of offenders, and has not identified whether family relationships influence some groups of offenders differently. Incarcerated parents have additional complexities within their family relationships, and the current study investigated whether parents’ post-release outcomes are impacted differently by family connectedness. This study then explored whether contact with family during incarceration predicts changes in family connectedness. Data were drawn from a longitudinal study of male and female felony offenders in a county jail (N =238). Results of multiple regression analyses determined that family connectedness does not predict post-release outcomes (i.e. recidivism), except that among nonparents family connectedness predicts better mental health post-release. In addition, results suggest that contact with family members improves perceptions of family connectedness for both parents and nonparents. Further, phone calls from family may be an especially important intervention for parents to increase family connectedness.
dc.format.extent 104 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Jessica Grossmann
dc.subject Clinical psychology en_US
dc.subject Community en_US
dc.subject Family en_US
dc.subject Incarceration en_US
dc.subject Interventions en_US
dc.subject Offender en_US
dc.subject Social support en_US
dc.title Examining the Impact of Parenthood and Family Connectedness on Offenders' Reentry Experiences
dc.type Dissertation en Doctoral en Psychology, Clinical Psychology Concentration en George Mason University en

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