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Pass? or Prepared?
on Incarcerated Mothers

California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest update: March 31, 2000
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Rudiger Appel's Figurine and Link to his site.The Problem with Incarcerating Mothers

Go to Parents' Child Care Preferences: Patterns among Welfare Mothers. Find this paragraph of interpretation under the heading: Characteristics of Care Predicting Mother's Satisfaction with Arrangement, a little more than halfway down the file.

"Mothers with children between the ages of 3 and 5 are significantly more satisfied with their child care when they think that their child feels happy about the arrangement and has an opportunity to learn new things. They are also more satisfied with their care when they think the caregiver has less experience caring for children, These dimensions of care are not significant independent predictors of mothers' satisfaction with care for children under 3. While the first two findings appear consistent with the developmental growth of children, the finding about the negative effect of a caregiver's experience seems counterintuitive. Perhaps caregiver's experience is masking the effect of an unmeasured variable like enthusiasm, but'we can only speculate why this unusual pattern emerges."

At p. 205 of Kathryn Watterson's Women in Prison, Northeastern University Press, 1996:
I am a woman.
I know.

I know every time I see,
through the glass of this cage,
a child, playing---laughing
and my heart aches to see my own child.

---Joanne "Friday" Fry,
California Institution for Women
Now answer the following questions from the information in the paragraph and poem above, and from our class discussions. Click on any of the question numbers for jeanne's set of plausible answers.
1. Is the welfare mother stereotypically perceived as a loving,caring mother who puts her concern for her children above herself?

2. Do you think that most people would entertain a stereotypical image of the incarcerated mother as non-caring?

3. What was the welfare mothers' primary concern in evaluating child care?

4. Is this primary concern consistent with the view of the incarcerated person as "bad"?

5. Can you offer a theoretical explanation for our willingness to hold on to our stereotypical beliefs in spite of such evidence as studies like this one offer?

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Figurine by Rudiger Appel. Notice that you can see three effects in the animation. Either the Variation on the Kandinsky figurine appears to turn in a clockwise direction, or in a counterclockwise direction, or it appears to open and close. Can you see all three effects? Try. Fascinated? Link to Appel's site and then link to the background he provides. Scroll down until you find a link to background.

Chantessy's Page Chantessy's Mardi Gras Alphabet was originally used on this page. We changed it because it was too distracting as eye candy. Chantessy was the first contributor to our Kids' Site when we began Dear Habermas. Visit her page. Check out the sliders puzzles on her fun page. Or check out her candy box and send a friend a posty. Non-violent ways to respond to structural violence in the academy! It's great fun.