Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social Sciences and Globalization


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Dr. Yawen Li


This research project aims to explain the relationship between experiencing childhood neglect and being incarcerated as an adult, and to see if childhood neglect is a contributing factor to incarceration as an adult. This systematic literature review will identify prior research and analyze it in order to answer the formulated research question. Does Childhood Neglect lead an adult to incarceration? This specific research method also identifies trends, gaps in knowledge, and areas for future research. The results from this study have provided empirically supported information that could be used in the field of social work, in schools, and in the criminal justice system. The study's findings suggest that while childhood neglect may contribute to adult incarceration, this research reveals that there is no direct correlation between the two factors.

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Social Work Commons