Father's Incarceration and Youth Delinquency and Depression: Examining Differences by Race and Ethnicity

Raymond R. Swisher*, Michael E. Roettger

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Abstract

This article examines associations between biological father's incarceration and internalizing and externalizing outcomes of depression and serious delinquency, across White, Black, and Hispanic subsamples of youth in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Among respondents whose father was first incarcerated during childhood or adolescence, father's incarceration is found to be associated with increased depression and delinquency. On the whole, results indicate that associations between father's incarceration and depression and delinquency do not vary by race and ethnicity or gender. One exception is among Hispanic respondents, for whom having a biological father incarcerated is associated with an even higher propensity of delinquency than among White and Black respondents with incarcerated fathers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-603
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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