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Incarceration and partner relationships: A qualitative analysis of men's perceptions of social support


2007 2007

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Incarceration impacts families in a number of different ways ranging from emotional distress, economic challenges, and social stigma. The purpose of this analysis was to explore how men.s perceptions of support from their partners during incarceration and community reentry shape intimate partnerships. Using secondary data content analysis, a sample of 20 fathers from the Fathers and Families Resource and Research Center study dataset has been examined (Roy, 2002-2004). Using family stress theory and symbolic interactionism, qualitative methods were used to examine life history interviews. Interviews were coded for themes related to past incarceration, intimate partnerships, and social support. Overall, men reported feeling supported in their roles as partners across their relationship trajectories and support shifted occurred from their roles as romantic partners to their roles as co-parents. Community reentry was an especially significant time that support mattered due to the recommitments that many made to fatherhood during this process.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Social psychology;
Psychotherapy;
Criminology
Classification
0451: Social psychology
0622: Psychotherapy
0627: Criminology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Psychology
Title
Incarceration and partner relationships: A qualitative analysis of men's perceptions of social support
Author
McDowell, April R.
Number of pages
148
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0117
Source
MAI 45/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Roy, Kevin M.
University/institution
University of Maryland, College Park
Department
Family Studies
University location
United States -- Maryland
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1443455
ProQuest document ID
304854692
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304854692
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