Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

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According to a study by The Pew, more than 2.7 million children have an incarcerated parent. The following consequences are often underestimated and undetectable. Incarcerated parents are extremely detrimental to the well-being of the children involved. Minors involved with the arrest of their parents often suffer more complications than someone without an incarcerated parent. Foremost, these minors are more likely to have attention problems like Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Additionally, they could have behavioral hardships such as anxiety, depression, or eating disorders. Lastly, they could have complications in the development of relationships because of emotional problems. This…show more content…
This stress and the extra burden that is put upon children because of their parent arrest weakens their ability to focus and succeed in school. As well as the addition of stress, the lack of motivation could also play a major role in the issue. Pushing themselves to succeed may not be something that they are familiar with, nor are they interested in doing. Unfortunately, they are the ones that suffer in the long run, which was all rooted in the incarceration process. The caretakers or social workers may also have a hard time getting them involved in school. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “…young children exhibit externalizing behaviors such as anger, aggression, and hostility toward caregivers and siblings” (Parke 2). Getting children to be encouraged after a traumatic experience can be difficult to nearly impossible. Complicated situations like parental incarceration can have a long lasting effect on children, resulting in problems that the minor will suffer from that social workers cannot solve. However, certain age groups struggle more than others. According to a study from the National Education Association, “For older children (12 to 17) with incarcerated parents, there was no discernible effect on school engagement. ‘This may reflect the timing of parental incarceration, or it may reflect that children at different developmental stages react differently to the
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