'Pains of imprisonment': Narratives of the women partners and children of the incarcerated

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This paper focuses on an important line of inquiry in contemporary criminal justice social work research: the collateral consequences of incarceration in the Chinese context. It gives an insight into the impact of incarceration on families from an insider's perspective. An analysis of interviews with 10 partners and 10 children yielded three major themes concerning the impact of imprisonment: the problems associated with the imprisonment of a family member, the coping strategies used and views on the importance of maintaining family ties. It is hoped that this study will give practical guidance regarding what should be done, and how, to reduce the negative consequences brought about by the absence (temporary or permanent) of the imprisoned on their families, including both their partners and vulnerable children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-205
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Criminology/criminal justice
  • Parenting/parenthood
  • Research with children
  • Social work (international)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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