A Mixed Methods Study of Incarcerated Women and their Social Ties by Dr Holly Foster – Monday 15 July 2013

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Date(s) - 15 Jul 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Room N402, Menzies Building 11, Monash University Clayton

Dr. Holly Foster, Dept of Sociology, Texas A&M University

Abstract: My research with women prisoners in Texas involves survey information with a sample of women prisoners at a Federal minimum security institution.  I am in the process of coordinating a qualitative research study with a Texas State sample of women inmates using in-depth interviews.  My overall research project uses a sequential mixed methods design.  My future research plans involve extending and comparing this work to samples of women inmates in Australia.  In my talk, I will give an overview of my research to date.  I have investigated stressors of imprisonment as they affect women’s mental health and children’s subjective aging.  In other work, I examine how higher perceptions of having a choice over the living arrangements of their children while imprisoned is associated with better mental health among inmate mothers.  I have also found that maternal perceptions of control over children’s living arrangements are protective on school problems and depressive symptoms among children.  Narrative data also shows women’s perceptions about decisions over child care arrangements affect their mental health during imprisonment.  These results are interpreted in line with several theoretical models of inmate adjustment among female prisoners with prevention implications.

Bio: Holly Foster is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.  Her publications appear in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Problems, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Women & Criminal Justice, Journal of Criminal Justice and the Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. Email: hfoster@tamu.edu Webpage: http://sociweb.tamu.edu/faculty.php?faculty_id=10

Monday 15th July 2-3pm, Room N402 (4th Floor, Menzies Building, Monash University Clayton)

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