Traumatic Histories and Stressful Life Events of Incarcerated Parents II: Gender and Ethnic Differences in Substance Abuse and Service Needs

Bonnie E. Carlson, Michael Shafer, David E. Duffee

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Abstract

Substance abuse is increasingly common in prison inmates. This article presents findings on substance abuse and service needs of 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, including addiction. Exposure to childhood and adult traumatic events, especially child abuse, was related to self-reported alcohol and drug problems for both males and females. Mothers reported significantly more postrelease service needs than fathers. Implications for practice and policy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-515
Number of pages22
JournalThe Prison Journal
Volume90
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • incarceration
  • service needs
  • substance abuse
  • trauma
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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