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Title: GROWING UP DIFFERENT: EXPLAINING UNEVEN EFFECTS OF PARENTAL INCARCERATION ON CHILDREN
Authors: RACHEL TAY KAI TENG
Issue Date: 10-Apr-2022
Citation: RACHEL TAY KAI TENG (2022-04-10). GROWING UP DIFFERENT: EXPLAINING UNEVEN EFFECTS OF PARENTAL INCARCERATION ON CHILDREN. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: There is no shortage of literature studying various types of parental incarcerations, their effects on children, as well as the unequal manner in which these effects may manifest for children depending on their social circumstances. In Singapore, much of the local research also echoes those at the international level. However, it is still unclear how the uneven effects of parental incarceration on children are produced. In this paper, I seek to understand how parental incarceration produces uneven outcomes for their children. Specifically, I want to find out why children bear different weights of family responsibility and have different capacities to cope with it. I conducted semi-structured, ethnographic interviews with 8 children between age 21 to 27 who experienced parental incarceration of one or both parents at the age of 18 and below, and made sense of the data using a combination of narrative and thematic analysis techniques which complemented the small sample size. Based on my findings, I argue that the most vulnerable among children of incarcerated parents are those who bear a heavy burden of family responsibility without sufficient resources at the community and institutional levels to cope with it. Although children may have different family circumstances prior to parental incarceration which may structurally disadvantage them, their individual agency threads influence the way they negotiate their weight of family responsibility and gain access to resources to manage it throughout their lives.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/228541
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