Document Type

Conceptual Paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Erika Walker-Cash


As the population within the prison system continue to grow more parents are becoming incarcerated. Incarcerated parents are leaving behind their children, forcing other family members or the system to raise them. As the children are going through different life stages they are impacted by the absence of their parents which causes them to express and act out in undesirable emotional and social behaviors. Incarcerated parents are affected by the disruption of their incarceration as well. Throughout the research paper, The Impact of Parental Incarceration, the history, the explanation, and statistics of imprisoned parents and their children are presented. The purpose of this study is to present a systematic review of how incarcerated parents impact the parent, from a parental perspective, and their children emotional and social well-being.

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