Adolescent offenders with and without incarcerated parents: comparison of traumatic experiences and risk factors


Jacquin, Kristine

Committee Member

Eakin, Deborah

Committee Member

Armstrong, Kevin

Date of Degree


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MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


This study compared the experiences of adolescent offenders with and without incarcerated parents. A sample of adolescent offenders (n = 26) completed questionnaires assessing past experiences, including trauma and violence, and current behaviors. Over half of the participants reported having a parent who had served time in jail or prison. Adolescent offenders with incarcerated parents were more likely to feel safe at home and school, and more likely to witness their parents in a physical fight than adolescent offenders without incarcerated parents. In contrast, there were no significant differences between adolescent offenders with and without incarcerated parents in self-reported trauma. Post hoc analyses revealed that female adolescent offenders felt less safe, reported more physical punishment, and had more DHS involvement than male adolescent offenders.



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