Inmates And Their Wives by Bonnie Carlson, Neil Cervera
This is the first comprehensive and up-to-date study of how inmates and their wives cope with incarceration and to what extent conjugal visit programs help their marriages. The findings of a family support program in upper New York State compares different groups and has implications for social welfare and corrections professionals.
The authors review the historical background of family support programs for prison inmates, the related literature, and raise questions about the kinds of policies, programs, and services that affect inmates and their families. They point to the effects of clinical intervention on different ethnic groups and make recommendations for the future to help the couples better cope.
BONNIE E. CARLSON is Associate Professor, School of Social Work, State University of New York at Albany. She is an editor of No Child Is Unadoptable: Reader on the Adoption of Children with Special Needs (1980) and has written and conducted research on domestic violence, social work with vulnerable groups, and drug addiction.
NEIL CERVERA is a Clinical Assistant Professor, Albany Medical College, and Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, State University of New York at Albany. He has written on family support programs, teenage pregnancy, and involuntary childlessness.
Table of Contents
The Literature on Incarceration and Family Life
Inmate Family Coping
Findings: Family Reunion Program
Policies, Programs and Services
Clinical Intervention with Inmates and Their Families