Mothering behind bars: the role of contact maintenance programs on the mothering identity of incarcerated women

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dc.contributor.author Brown, Rebecca R.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-09T13:33:50Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-09T13:33:50Z
dc.date.issued 2016-08-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/32723
dc.description.abstract The number of women incarcerated within the American penal system has been increasing in recent years. Coinciding with this rise in the incarceration rate for women, there has been increasing concern regarding women parenting behind bars and how incarceration impacts a woman's identity as a mother. As such the purpose of this paper is to examine the connection between participation in contact maintenance programs at the Topeka, Kansas Correctional Facility and their resulting impact on identity work using a sample of 34 incarcerated mothers who participated in this contact maintenance program. Results revealed that through participation in contact maintenance programs incarcerated mothers begin to develop and sustain a more pro- social image of themselves as 'good mothers.' Foundational practices of parenting and the development and sustainment of the mother-child bond are reinforced to facilitate the development of a positive self-image and to lay the groundwork for successful parenting post- release. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Contact maintenance program en_US
dc.subject Identity work en_US
dc.subject Incarcerated mothers en_US
dc.subject Incarcerated women en_US
dc.subject Mother-child bond en_US
dc.subject Mothering en_US
dc.title Mothering behind bars: the role of contact maintenance programs on the mothering identity of incarcerated women en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor Lisa A. Melander en_US
dc.date.published 2016 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth August en_US


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