Exploration of the effects of incarceration on the health of Latina women and their children using the life course theory

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Objective: Use the Life Course Theory (LCT) to explore the effects of involvement with the justice system on the health of Latina women and their children. Design: A supplementary analysis was conducted using data collected from the original study to answer a new research question. Setting: South Central Texas. Participants: A primary qualitative data set from 12 Latina women involved with the justice system. Methods: We applied LCT principles and used thematic content analysis as such we employed categoric distinction: lifespan development, time and place in individuals’ lives, the timing of lives, human agency, and linked lives to analyze participants’ narratives. Results: Five themes emerged that aligned with LCT principles: (1) It feels like I'm living in my own prison; (2) What do I have to live for now; (3) It is like double punishment; (4) They made my choices; and (5) People didn't really understand. Participants felt helpless with few options to overcome their prior adversities, which affected their ability to make positive future choices. Conclusions: Findings highlight the potential, long-term, negative health consequences that may result from incarceration. Considering that justice system involvement can lead to more profound maternal and child health disparities, our findings suggest that greater advocacy from the nursing profession would increase accessibility to equitable and respectful maternity and women's health care services. Key points Involvement with the justice system can result in negative health consequences for women and their children. Maternal and child health disparities are often more profound after involvement with the justice system. Greater advocacy is needed from the nursing profession to ensure access to equitable and respectful maternity and women's health care services.

Idioma originalEnglish (US)
Páginas (desde-hasta)264-273
Número de páginas10
PublicaciónPublic Health Nursing
Volumen41
N.º2
DOI
EstadoPublished - mar 1 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • General Nursing

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