Stigma And Mental Health Problems

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• Stigma: As it’s stated above, when children have mutually responsive and dependable relationship with their first caregiver, a secure attachment style develops (Sroufe, 2003). This makes the children believe that their primary caretaker (parent) will always be available for them to meet their needs. Bowlby stated that a child who has experienced a secure attachment is however, likely to develop a representational model of attached figure that will be available, helpful and responsive to them (Bowlby, 1980). For the children, this secure attachment serves as a form of self-confidence, healthy sense of autonomy and the capacity to tolerate stress (Bellow, 2012). In an event where the parent is imprison, children may experience disapproval, ostracism, stigma, scorn, bullying and teasing, which might increase their antisocial behavior and mental health problems (Braman and wood 2003 cited in Murrey & Farrington 2005). The Stigma and feeling of isolation associated with being the family of a prisoner, or being contaminated in some way can lead to abuse from others. According to Boswell and Wedge 2002, the interview with 127 caregivers of children with imprisoned father, suggested that children sometimes "get verbal abuse from other children" about their parent imprisonment, and when this pressure is too much to handle they end up not wanting to go to school (child 's caregiver, quoted in Boswell and Wedge, 2002, p. 67). These attitudes from many families can really be a
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