Incarcerated young men and boys: Trauma, masculinity and the need for trauma-Informed, gender-sensitive correctional care

Nina Vaswani, Carla Cesaroni, Matt Maycock

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n this chapter we bring together three previously unconnected areas of research relating to young men and boys: trauma and prison, trauma and masculinity, and prison masculinities. Within the existing literature there emerges a significant focus on incarcerated young women and trauma, while there is a relative dearth of literature focusing on young men and boys and their trauma experiences prior to, and as a consequence of, incarceration. Furthermore, we consider the ways in which masculinity and trauma interact to reduce the likelihood that young men and boys are able to seek help or benefit from treatment. Consequently, this chapter advocates that there is a pressing need to better understand how prison masculinities interface with trauma-informed care. It is evident that more research is needed with young men and boys about their trauma experiences, the manifestation of their trauma symptoms and how to better support their recovery. Ultimately, through considering these areas and exploring areas of connection and disconnection, we argue for both trauma-informed and gender-sensitive correctional care for incarcerated young men and boys, whose vulnerabilities have tended to be overlooked.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave International Handbook of Youth Imprisonment
EditorsAlexandra Cox, Laura S. Abrams
Place of Publication9783030687588
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783030687595
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
PublisherPalgrave Mcmillan

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