UC Irvine Study Finds Children of Incarcerated Parents Suffer More Health, Behavioral Woes

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The children of parents who are incarcerated in the U.S. suffer significant health and behavioral problems, and in some cases these problems are worse than those experienced by kids dealing with divorce or a parent's death, according to a new UC Irvine study.

The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with more than 2 million people currently behind bars. The rate has alarmed liberals and conservatives alike. The study doesn't go there, but you can imagine how the higher health woes of the children of those in prison impacts that political football known as the U.S. health-care system.

"We know that poor people and racial minorities are incarcerated at higher rates than the rest of the population, and incarceration further hinders the health and development of children who are already experiencing significant challenges," says study author Kristin Turney, a UCI assistant professor of sociology, in a statement from the university.

"Our results suggest that children's health disadvantages are an overlooked and unintended consequence of mass incarceration," Turney continues. "Incarceration, given its unequal distribution across the population, may have implications for racial and social class inequalities in children's health."

Asthma, obesity, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and anxiety are among the maladies that children of the incarcerated suffer more often than other kids, finds the study that appears in the September edition of the Journal of Health & Social Behavior, a publication of the American Sociological Association.

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Like no one knew this already????  Daaa!!  


Like no one knew this already????  Daaa!!  


They had to WASTE MONEY DOING A STUDY ON THIS???  Is THIS what College teaches these Braindead bozos?  Maybe they should have gone to the school of hard knocks and COMMON SENSE instead?

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So what are the potential solutions (other than the parents not committing the crimes in the first place)? 

1) Release the parents from incarceration until the incarceration rates are evenly distributed across racial and income lines

2) Put more non minorities and wealthy people in jail to make the effects more evenly distributed 

3) Provide $150K/year per child foster parents 

4) Buy all those kids iFads so then don't have to think about their parents in jail

5) Hire more sociologists (as the authors of the journal would prefer).


@Brainwashed_in_church All of the above (except they don't want any more minorities in prison) is what U.C. Irvine is trying to do. They're controlled by Commies and Libtards who want to waste money doing studies like these to use as a means of getting the Govt. to RELEASE prisoners so more criminals can be loose on our streets doing more crimes against law-abiding, taxpaying American citizens.  They'd also love to put more Rich, Whites, Christians and/or Conservatives that they could throw in jail to add more "diversity".  Of course they won't hire any Rich, Whites, Christians and/or Conservatives in the University system because they certainly wouldn't want to have any diversity there.  They want them all goose-stepping in line to promote the Govt. propaganda.

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