Incarcerated women are among the most vulnerable and perhaps the least studied populations in the US. Significant proportions of female inmates are substance users, and many living in unstable housing conditions or being homeless. Female inmates are often at high risk of engaging in sex exchange for drugs or housing needs. While a disproportionate number of incarcerated women have experienced childhood household adversities and maltreatments, the effects of these childhood experiences on psychosocial and behavioral outcomes of this population in later life. We apply a life course perspective to examine these pathways in a sample of incarcerated women in Cook County, Illinois. Findings demonstrated lasting, but differential, effects of household adversities and childhood abuse on subsequent life risks and opportunities among these women.
Kim, Seijeoung; Johnson, Timothy P.; Goswami, Samir; and Puisis, Michael
Risk Factors for Homelessness and Sex Trade Among Incarcerated Women: A Structural Equation Model.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 12(1), 128-148.
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