Paternity of Young Convicted Fathers Going through Imprisonment

Publication type Article
Status Published
Affiliation: St. Petersburg State University
Address: St. Petersburg, Russia
Affiliation: St. Petersburg State University
Address: St. Petersburg, Russia
Occupation: Senior Specialist
Affiliation: Federal Resource Center for the formation of an accessible environment
Address: St. Petersburg, Russia
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 10

The article examines the attitude to the paternal role, the approaches to upbringing, and the obstacles to realization of paternity among young fathers imprisoned at correctional facilities of the Federal Penitentiary Service. We analyzed 15 in-depth interviews and made a survey of 144 fathers having families and underage children. As a result, we identified three groups of fathers: those who found themselves without the support of their spouses, those who doubt support, and those who have the support. We revealed the specific meanings of fatherhood and attitudes towards children, social well-being and personal resources of fathers of different groups. We have concluded that there is a significant interconnection in realization of the potential of fatherhood among the convicts and the possibility of its development with the quality of marital relations, family support, as well as individual maturity. We suggest the directions of social support of imprisoned fathers.

Keywordsfatherhood, children, motherhood, incarcerated fathers, parental attitude, social support
AcknowledgmentThe reported study was funded by the International Public Organization “Doctors for Children” and RFBR according to the research project No19-011-00543.
Publication date14.12.2022
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