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Reading between the bars: exploring the representation of young adults with incarcerated parents in text literature

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posted on 22.05.2021, 11:32 by Carissa Parsons
The purpose of this paper is to examine and explore how young adults with incarcerated parents are represented in text-based literature. Although a plethora of research has recently emerged regarding the effects of imprisonment on the social, psychological, economic, and spiritual wellbeing of the family unit, young adults are rarely acknowledged. As a result, existing research appears informative, revolutionary and predictive; however, it instead contributes to creating the profile of a deviant and socially reclusive young adult with adverse life outcomes. This study is a critical reflexive literature analysis that incorporates a narrative methodology to gain insight into the representation of young adults between the ages of 17 and 25. With a selection of themes observed from the textual evidence, this study recommends three ways to humanize young adults with confined parents by building upon their personal narratives. Keywords: young adults, parental incarceration, critical reflexive, narrative



Master of Social Work


Social Work

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Ryerson University

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