Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Criminal Justice Sciences

First Advisor

Dawn D Beichner


Given the increased representation of women in prisons, several collateral consequences have followed One of such consequences include, but are not limited to, the effect that incarceration has on incarcerated mothers given that, in most instances, they are the primary caregivers of their children. Using Braun and Clarke (2006; 2019) reflexive thematic analysis approach and secondary analysis of qualitative data, this study examines parenting experiences of women incarcerated in a Midwestern correctional center. Additionally, the researcher is interested in knowing the ways in which background experiences (i.e. sexual and physical abuse, drug dependency, and broken homes) shape women’s experiences of mothering, the effect of incarceration on their children, and plans for returning home. Although there is growing literature examining justice-involved mothers, little is known about their parenting experiences and coping mechanisms. Results from this study will contribute to the body of literature by enhancing understanding of how incarceration shapes parenting and facilitates or presents barriers to mother-child relationships.


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