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Incarceration and Partner Relationships: A Qualitative Analysis of Men's Perceptions of Social Support

dc.contributor.advisorRoy, Kevinen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcDowell, Aprilen_US
dc.description.abstractIncarceration impacts families in a number of different ways ranging from emotional distress, economic challenges, and social stigma. The purpose of this analysis was to explore how men's perceptions of support from their partners during incarceration and community reentry shape intimate partnerships. Using secondary data content analysis, a sample of 20 fathers from the Fathers and Families Resource and Research Center study dataset has been examined (Roy, 2002-2004). Using family stress theory and symbolic interactionism, qualitative methods were used to examine life history interviews. Interviews were coded for themes related to past incarceration, intimate partnerships, and social support. Overall, men reported feeling supported in their roles as partners across their relationship trajectories and support shifted occurred from their roles as romantic partners to their roles as co-parents. Community reentry was an especially significant time that support mattered due to the recommitments that many made to fatherhood during this process.en_US
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dc.titleIncarceration and Partner Relationships: A Qualitative Analysis of Men's Perceptions of Social Supporten_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentFamily Studiesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPsychology, Clinicalen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsocial supporten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledlife historyen_US

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