Identity Management Among Incarcerated Fathers

Bradley G. Tripp, University of Florida

This research examines how incarcerated fathers address their dueling identities of inmate and father. Twenty-five fathers were interviewed at a jail in North Central Florida. The semi-structured interviews asked men to talk about their families and how they have adjusted to their current incarceration. Overall, these men described incarceration as detrimental to their father identity. However, most of the men maintained a strong attachment to their father identity, and displayed few signs of prisonization. Future research should examine the ways in which incarcerated fathers differ from other men in correctional facilities.

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