Traumatic Histories and Stressful Life Events of Incarcerated Parents: Childhood and Adult Trauma Histories

Bonnie E. Carlson, Michael Shafer

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Abstract

Abuse and trauma are common in the histories of prison inmates. This article presents the results of research on the trauma histories and stressful life events experienced by 2,279 male and female inmate parents in Arizona, with a particular focus on gender and ethnic differences across inmates. A sample of 838 incarcerated fathers and 1,441 mothers completed anonymous questionnaires regarding traumatic and stressful events experienced as children and/or adults. High rates of exposure to childhood and adult traumatic events, especially child abuse, were found for both males and females and across ethnic groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-493
Number of pages19
JournalThe Prison Journal
Volume90
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • ethnicity
  • incarceration
  • inmate fathers
  • inmate mothers
  • stressful events
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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