This roundtable will raise awareness of the psychosocial effects that wrongful conviction has on left-behind children. Qualitative data will be presented from this research, which seeks to understand the mental health effects of wrongful conviction on children of those convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. This multiple case study method assesses the psychological and sociological challenges of those children who were separated from their parents due to wrongful conviction. Left-behind children will have the opportunity to share their lived experiences to raise awareness of their trauma, PTSD, depression, lack of proper education, and bullied in school related to wrongful conviction. The application of social learning theory, which implies that children learn and behave continually by copying what they see around them, is at the center of understanding what could happen to children when their positive (male or female) models are not present to influence them due to wrongful conviction.
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