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Experiences of younger siblings of young men in prison

Meek, Rosie (2008) Experiences of younger siblings of young men in prison Children & Society, 22, (4), pp. 265-277. (doi:10.1111/j.1099-0860.2007.00108.x).

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Whilst the detrimental effects of forced separation through incarceration have been explored in the context of parent–child relationships, little is known about the social and psychological impact of having a sibling in custody. The present research was carried out in order to develop a better understanding of the needs and experiences of children who have a sibling in prison and is based on an interpretative phenomenological analysis of the accounts of eight young people (age 9–17, mean = 13 years) with an older brother in custody. The interviews revealed a series of themes, including the emotional response to a sibling being taken into custody, a reluctance to disclose information to teachers and peers, and perceptions of own behaviour in the light of the sibling's experiences of the criminal justice system. Findings are discussed in relation to policy implications and recommendations for those working with young people, and suggestions are made for future research directions.

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Published date: July 2008


Local EPrints ID: 154699
ISSN: 0951-0605
PURE UUID: e7a9b799-a989-455b-b2ae-d11f85e5613d

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Date deposited: 26 May 2010 08:24
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:46

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Author: Rosie Meek

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