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2010-02-05_013203_prisonkids - Children of Prisoners by...

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Children of Prisoners by
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Parental Prisoners and their children It is estimated that between 1 and 2 percent of the nation’s children age 17 or younger have a parent in the prison system in 1999. In addition, a majority of those children were younger than 10 years old. The imprisoned parents are overwhelmingly male and in a state prison instead of a federal facility, but the number of children with the mother incarcerated (98 percent from 1991 to 1999) are increasing at a faster rate than fathers (58 percent over the same time period).
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Children’s reactions to parental incarceration Low self-esteem Loneliness, feelings of abandonment, emotional withdrawal from friends and family Depression Sleeplessness Eating and sleeping disorders Attention disorders and developmental regression Diminished academic performance, classroom behavior difficulties and truancy Aggression, acting out, antisocial behaviors, and trauma-reactive behavior leading to early crime involvement
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