Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 3718 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Those They Leave Behind: Paternal Incarceration and Maternal Instrumental Support
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2012
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2012
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 74, Issue 5, pages 1149–1165, October 2012
How to Cite
Turney, K., Schnittker, J. and Wildeman, C. (2012), Those They Leave Behind: Paternal Incarceration and Maternal Instrumental Support. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74: 1149–1165. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.00998.x
Department of Sociology, Yale University, P.O. Box 208265, New Haven, CT 06520.
- Issue published online: 24 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2012
- exchange relationships;
- Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study;
- perceived support;
- social support
As the American imprisonment rate has risen, researchers have become increasingly concerned about the implications of mass imprisonment for family life. The authors extend this research by examining how paternal incarceration is linked to perceived instrumental support among the mothers of inmates' children. Results from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 4,132) suggest that recent, but not current, paternal incarceration is independently associated with less maternal perceived instrumental support and that this association persists after adjusting for a rich set of control variables, including prior perceived instrumental support. For families of recently incarcerated men, incarceration may be a double strike, simultaneously increasing the need for instrumental support while decreasing its availability when incarcerated fathers return to the community.