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Here's how to Help Children to Cope an Interview with Dr. Hart-Johnson and Ana Ivey, GoodRx

Written by Ana Gascon Ivey | Reviewed by India B. Gomez, PhD Published on April 4, 2023 --------------------------------

Key takeaways:

  • Close to 3 million children in the U.S. have a parent in prison. These kids may experience long-term mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • Coping strategies are tools you can use to help a child manage their feelings about their parent’s incarceration.

  • There are many books and resources for children who have a parent behind bars, such as Sesame Street’s Coping with Incarceration website and Prison Families Alliance support groups for kids.

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