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Children of Prisoners, Interventions & Mitigations to Strengthen Mental Health

Objective

COPING presents a child-centred research strategy covering four European countries, the UK, Germany, Romania and Sweden, which will identify the characteristics of children with imprisoned parents, their resilience, and their vulnerability to mental health problems. This group of children are exposed to triple jeopardy through break-up of the family, financial hardship, and extremes of stigma and secrecy, leading to adverse social and educational repercussions. None of the four countries so far recognises the extreme disadvantage experienced by these young people. Support available, for example, in accessing prisons and participating in prison visits is extremely variable and mainly provided through non-governmental organisations. Support for imprisoned parents, whose moral authority is diminished through their incarceration, is equally inconsistent. The COPING research strategy places the clearest emphasis on knowledge obtained directly from children and young people. The project will commission surveys of 200 children in each country aged 11-16 with an imprisoned parent, using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, to ascertain coping strategies and mental health problems for these young people, which will be compared with normative population samples. Smaller groups of children and parents will be involved in in-depth qualitative interviews to explore the impact of parental imprisonment and support services available in greater detail. Interventions to support these families will be comprehensively mapped. Children will play a prominent role in disseminating research results to policy makers and professional bodies Impacts of the COPING research will include improvements in information about this group of children; step changes in Government and public awareness about their plight; potential new legislation; and improvements in prison regimes to enable effective contact and visits for children to imprisoned

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2009-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD
Address
Queensgate
HD1 3DH Huddersfield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 098 982
Administrative Contact
Wayne Keating (Mr.)

Participants (9)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 217 080
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lars Henning (Dr.)
Asociatia Alternative Sociale
Romania
EU contribution
€ 78 380,98
Address
Cuza Voda 8A
700036 Iasi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Catalin Luca (Mr.)
UNIVERSITATEA ALEXANDRU IOAN CUZA DIN IASI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 148 880
Address
Bulevardul Carol I 11
700506 Iasi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cristina Gavriluta (Ms.)
Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 314 835
Address
Avenue Du Mervelet 13
CH-1209 Geneva
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Rachel Brett (Mrs.)
Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 145 052,80
Address
Rochdale Road 1079
M9 8AJ Manchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diane Curry (Ms.)
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 215 861,62
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
John Forsslof (Mr.)
EUROCHIPS
France
EU contribution
€ 161 520
Address
Rue Charles Floquet 4/6
92120 Montrouge
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Elizabeth Ayre (Ms.)
Riksbryggan
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 104 400
Address
Kvarnbergsgatan 46A
652 28 Karlstad
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Niina Koivumaa (Ms.)
TREFFPUNKT E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 197 821
Address
Fuerther Srasse 212
90429 Nuernberg
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Hilde Kugler (Ms.)