The Effects of Motherhood Among Incarcerated African American Women and Men

The purpose of this study is to highlight the significant impact on families when African American parents are incarcerated. What are the effects of parenthood among incarcerated African American parents? Effects including, psychological, emotional, academic, behavioral, and financial are just some of the effects that the parents, their child/children and kin family members endure during and after a parent's incarceration sentence. This paper will discuss the similarities and differences between African American incarcerated motherhood and African American incarcerated fatherhood. The conceptualization in this research will illustrate how motherhood and fatherhood are defined within the African American community and society, as well as what it means to an African American child when their mother or father is confined. The results will illustrate the variety of effects on what African American children and their families encounter when their parent is imprisoned.