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When a man goes to prison, his children’s health suffers, too, study finds

When a man goes to prison, his children’s health may suffer.

That’s the conclusion of a study published Thursday in the British medical journal the Lancet. Researchers found that children of incarcerated men have higher rates of asthma, obesity, substance misuse, and behavioral and mental health problems. And the impact can linger for years, even into their adulthood.

Families of incarcerated adults also see higher rates of infant mortality, financial hardships that can restrict health care access, and increased mental and physical health risks, the study found.


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