Conditions that influence coping mechanisms in Latina mothers affected by incarceration: A secondary analysis using the vulnerability framework

Allison D. Crawford, Tiffany N. Ricks, Kelly Mc Glothen Bell, Jacqueline M. McGrath, Christine Abbyad, Elizabeth Polinard, Lisa M. Cleveland

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Abstract

The objective of this study is to assess women's vulnerability to becoming involved with the legal system as it relates to their exposure, sensitivity, and resiliency to specific experiences associated with incarceration before, during, and after their confinement using the vulnerability framework. We sampled 12 women who self-identified as Latina mothers from local jail annexes, probation department offices, and substance use treatment centers in South Central Texas. We conducted a qualitative, secondary analysis. Three overarching themes emerged: (1) “[The abuse] just kept happening;” (2) “[Incarceration] was an excessive interference;” and (3) “I wasn't there back then [for my children], but now I can be [there for them] in some way.” We also identified subthemes. More research and culturally tailored programming are needed to bridge services across legal system sites (jails, prisons, probation) that interact with this population of women to provide supportive services. Public Contribution: We would like to recognize community stakeholders who work in the local jail, probation, and medication treatment centers who helped with the distribution of fliers and participant recruitment along with the women who shared their experiences following incarceration for the original study's data used in this secondary analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-160
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2024

Keywords

  • Latina
  • coping
  • incarceration
  • vulnerability framework

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing

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