Does Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 30–31. Reviews the book, Inmates and their Wives: Incarceration and Family Life by Bonnie E. Carlson and Neil Cervera (1992). The authors' purposes in their research were (a) to gain more knowledge about the consequences for inmate families of the incarceration of the father-spouse, (b) to examine the coping methods used by inmates and wives, (c) to consider the significance of the role of father to inmates, and (d) to add to readers' understanding of the impact on couples of conjugal visiting in correctional institutions. In the achievement of these objectives the authors have had considerable success. A number of questions were formulated by the authors pertaining to these issues. Two of the strongest and most useful chapters are concerned with the kinds of policies and services that assist mcarcerees and their families in dealing with imprisonment. Clinical intervention involving these persons and families is discussed, using case examples. There is well-organized discussion of the needs of prison inmates, wives, and children. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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