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Respite and repair: how mothers of incarcerated long-term problematic drug users make prison work for them

Cartwright, Luke

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Abstract

This article considers the way a group of mothers experienced the incarceration of their problematic drug using offspring. The offspring had been imprisoned for a range of offences including theft, burglary and drug dealing with the root cause of their incarceration being connected to their long-term problematic drug use. Much of the existing literature on imprisonment identifies the separation of offenders from their family as a source of strain both for the offender and the family, with separation being one of the pains of imprisonment described in the literature. However, in contrast to this, the evidence gathered during the research that this article is based upon, highlights how the mothers of problematic drug users sought to use the periods of time their offspring were in prison as respite from their difficult and time-consuming caring responsibilities. Furthermore, the time their offspring were incarcerated was used to repair fractured relationships.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 3, 2016
Journal Journal of substance use
Print ISSN 1465-9891
Electronic ISSN 1475-9942
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 4
Pages 439-443
Institution Citation Cartwright, L. (2016). Respite and repair: how mothers of incarcerated long-term problematic drug users make prison work for them. Journal of substance use, 21(4), 439-443. https://doi.org/10.3109/14659891.2015.1052106
DOI https://doi.org/10.3109/14659891.2015.1052106
Keywords Incarceration, Motherhood, Relationships
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/14659891.2015.1052106
Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope: http://www.tandfonline....cope&journalCode=ijsu20

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