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The effects of having an incarcerated family member on Black women’s health

This article examines the effects of family member incarceration on women’s cardiovascular health.


  • Among women, having an incarcerated family member is associated with an increased risk of poor cardiovascular health.
  • Black women are disproportionately likely to have an incarcerated family member compared to White women.
  • Family member incarceration likely contributes to racial disparities in women’s health given the disproportionate experience of Black women.


Health, Incarceration, Inequality & Mobility, Justice System, Racial/Ethnic Inequality, Social Determinants of Health


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