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Jailed Black Fathers, Paternal Identity, and the Father-child Relationship




Jones, Nakia

Type of Degree

Master's Thesis


Human Development and Family Studies


There is a growing body of literature that recognizes the importance of helping fathers maintain a father-child relationship during incarceration. Research has found that the effects of incarceration may diminish the father-child relationship. Using a sample of Black fathers (n=101), this study examined the association between the independent variables: father-child contact pre-jail, father-child contact during jail and the dependent variables: father’s rating of paternal identity. The results indicated no significant effect of pre-jail and during jail father contact on either pre-jail or during jail paternal identity.