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Family Visitation Patterns during Incarceration in Denmark

Publication ,  Journal Article
Anker, AST; Wildeman, C
Published in: Journal of Family Issues
December 1, 2021

While qualitative evidence has highlighted psychological benefits of visitation during incarceration, and quantitative evidence has linked visitation to better post-release outcomes for inmates, we know little about heterogeneity in visitation patterns and the factors shaping them. Using Danish administrative data on inmates incarcerated at least a year between 2004 and 2014 (N = 5,441), we first examine average frequency and duration of family visits across the first year of incarceration and then describe five distinct visitation patterns using latent class analysis. Finally, we investigate what predicts visitation patterns. The findings highlight that (a) there is substantial heterogeneity in the patterns of family visitation and (b) both individual-level and institution-level factors partially predict this heterogeneity. Parenthood, high pre-incarceration income, and long sentences were associated with high levels of visitation and being placed far from home and transferred between facilities were associated with a higher risk of receiving low or decreasing levels of visitation.

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Journal of Family Issues

DOI

EISSN

1552-5481

ISSN

0192-513X

Publication Date

December 1, 2021

Volume

42

Issue

12

Start / End Page

2811 / 2834

Related Subject Headings

  • Family Studies
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 4409 Social work
  • 4403 Demography
  • 1608 Sociology
  • 1603 Demography
 

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Anker, A. S. T., & Wildeman, C. (2021). Family Visitation Patterns during Incarceration in Denmark. Journal of Family Issues, 42(12), 2811–2834. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X21991187
Anker, A. S. T., and C. Wildeman. “Family Visitation Patterns during Incarceration in Denmark.” Journal of Family Issues 42, no. 12 (December 1, 2021): 2811–34. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X21991187.
Anker AST, Wildeman C. Family Visitation Patterns during Incarceration in Denmark. Journal of Family Issues. 2021 Dec 1;42(12):2811–34.
Anker, A. S. T., and C. Wildeman. “Family Visitation Patterns during Incarceration in Denmark.” Journal of Family Issues, vol. 42, no. 12, Dec. 2021, pp. 2811–34. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0192513X21991187.
Anker AST, Wildeman C. Family Visitation Patterns during Incarceration in Denmark. Journal of Family Issues. 2021 Dec 1;42(12):2811–2834.
Journal cover image

Published In

Journal of Family Issues

DOI

EISSN

1552-5481

ISSN

0192-513X

Publication Date

December 1, 2021

Volume

42

Issue

12

Start / End Page

2811 / 2834

Related Subject Headings

  • Family Studies
  • 4410 Sociology
  • 4409 Social work
  • 4403 Demography
  • 1608 Sociology
  • 1603 Demography