Research-To-Practice Brief

Change in Father-Child Relationships Before, During, and After Incarceration

This brief from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) presents information from a multi-site study of the impact of incarceration on father-child relationships. The findings indicate that fewer fathers lived with or financially supported their children after release than before incarceration. Fathers who had more contact with their children during incarceration were more likely to live with their children after release, as were fathers who had happier relationships with their children’s mothers. Also, fathers of younger children reported higher parental warmth and better relationship quality with their children than fathers of older children.
Partner Resources
Family Strengthening
Special Populations
Incarcerated and Individuals with a Criminal Record
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