Father's Incarceration and Youth Delinquency and Depression: Examining Differences by Race and Ethnicity.

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Journal Name
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Journal Volume
22
Journal Issue
4
Page Count
7
Year Published
2012
Author (Individual)
Swisher, Raymond R.
Roettger, Michael E.
Resource Type
Journal Article
This article examines associations between biological father's incarceration and internalizing and externalizing outcomes of depression and serious delinquency, across White, Black, and Hispanic subsamples of youth in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Among respondents whose father was first incarcerated during childhood or adolescence, father's incarceration is found to be associated with increased depression and delinquency. On the whole, results indicate that associations between father's incarceration and depression and delinquency do not vary by race and ethnicity or gender. One exception is among Hispanic respondents, for whom having a biological father incarcerated is associated with an even higher propensity of delinquency than among White and Black respondents with incarcerated fathers. Contains 3 tables. (Author abstract)

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