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Examining the Role of Familial Support During Prison and After Release on Post-Incarceration Mental Health

NCJ Number
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology Dated: 2014
Date Published
August 2014
1 page
This study examined whether familial supporteither positive or negativein-prison and after release affects mental health outcomes post-release.
A significant number of prisoners experience mental health problems, and adequate social support is one way that facilitates better mental health. Yet, by being incarcerated, social support, particularly family support, is likely to be strained or even negative. The current study found that although in-prison family support does not affect mental health, post-release familial support does. Also, experiencing an increase in negative familial support is associated with lower post-incarceration mental health. The article concludes with a discussion of policies which may facilitate better familial support environments. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: August 1, 2014