Summary #766

Association of Parental Incarceration With Psychiatric and Functional Outcomes of Young Adults

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  • Children whose parents went to prison are at greater risk of poor health, legal, financial and social outcomes when they grow up.
  • The strongest associations were found with anxiety disorder, felony charges, jail time, not completing high school, becoming a parent under 18, and social isolation.
  • It’s common for parents to be imprisoned, and it may sustain disadvantage from generation to generation.
  • These conclusions are based on assessments of 1420 participants through ages 13 to 30, from 1993 to 2015.

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