Preservando a relação com os/as descendentes menores: padrões de comunicação na maternidade e paternidade em reclusão

32 | 2015

Catarina Vieira, Luísa Saavedra e Alexandra M. Araújo

Escola de Psicologia, Universidade do Minho, Portugal Instituto de Educação, Universidade do Minho, Portugal

Preserving the relationship with children: patterns of communication in motherhood and fatherhood in reclusion

Given the high number of incarcerated fathers and mothers and the proven importance of communication between parents in reclusion and their descendants, the present study aimed to assess the frequency of communication between fathers and mothers in prison and their minor offspring, the perception of quality in the relationship and perceived parental competence, by these figures. A questionnaire constructed for the purposes of this study was administered to 100 mothers and 100 fathers with a prison sentence. In addition to the major obstacles faced by mothers due to the increased geographical distance of their descendants, results also suggested differences concerning the socially assigned roles of motherhood and fatherhood. 


incarcerated parents, obstacles to communication, perceived quality in relationship, perceived parental competence, prison visits

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