Paternity of Young Convicted Fathers Going through Imprisonment

Paternity of Young Convicted Fathers Going through Imprisonment

Bezrukova O.N.

Cand. Sci. (Sociol.), Acting Head of the Department of youth sociology and youth policy, Saint Petersburg State University. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Samoilova V.А.

Cand. Sci (Psychol.), Assoc. Prof., Saint-Petersburg State University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Mal’kov N.R.

Cand. Sci. (Psychol.), Senior Specialist of the Federal Resource Center for the formation of an accessible environment, St. Petersburg, Russia.

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The reported study was funded by the International Public Organization “Doctors for Children” and RFBR according to the research project No. 19-011-00543.

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Bezrukova O.N., Samoilova V.А., Mal’kov N.R. Paternity of Young Convicted Fathers Going through Imprisonment. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2022. No 10. P. 117-127


The article examines the attitude to the paternal role, the approaches to upbringing, and the obstacles to realization of paternity among young fathers imprisoned at correctional facilities of the Federal Penitentiary Service. We analyzed 15 in-depth interviews and made a survey of 144 fathers having families and underage children. As a result, we identified three groups of fathers: those who found themselves without the support of their spouses, those who doubt support, and those who have the support. We revealed the specific meanings of fatherhood and attitudes towards children, social well-being and personal resources of fathers in different groups. We have concluded that there is a significant interconnection in realization of the potential of fatherhood among the convicts and the possibility of its development with the quality of marital relations, family support, as well as individual maturity. We suggest the directions for social support of imprisoned fathers.

fatherhood; children; motherhood; incarcerated fathers; parental attitude4 social support


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