Heated discussion continues around the United States immigration crisis as the number of families apprehended at the US-Mexico border rises. In one month over 2,300 children were separated from their parent or guardian and put into US migrant children shelters, with an average shelter stay of 56 days*.

When separation occurs within the family unit, there are significant health ramifications for the child. We bring forward this free content collection that discusses psychological trauma, implications of policy and law, and environmental influences, as it relates to child-parent separation.

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Click here to view an infographic on the facts of child-parent separation on the impact on children.

This content series will continue throughout the next several months, stay informed on the latest developments by following @Wiley_Health and @WileyPsychology.


The Collection

Epigenetic Alterations Associated with War Trauma and Childhood Maltreatment
Behavioral Sciences & the Law

Maternal Separation Affects Expression of Stress Response Genes and Increases Vulnerability to Ethanol Consumption
Brain and Behaviour

Food, Shelter and Half a Chance: Assessing the Needs of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children
Child & Family Social Work

Peer Problems Among Postinstitutionalized, Internationally Adopted Children: Relations to Hypocortisolism, Parenting Quality, and ADHD Symptoms
Child Development

Childhood Maltreatment and Early Developmental Vulnerabilities at Age 5 Years
Child Development

Family Instability and Young Children's School Adjustment: Callousness and Negative Internal Representations as Mediators
Child Development

The War Experiences and Psychosocial Development of Children in Lebanon
Child Development

Psychological Distress and Mental Health Service Contact of Unaccompanied Asylum‐Seeking Children
Child:Care, Health & Development

A Socio‐interpersonal Perspective on PTSD: The Case for Environments and Interpersonal Processes
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy

"Packages" of Risk Implications for Determining the Effect of Maternal Incarceration on Child Wellbeing
Criminology and Public Policy

Outcomes of Early Parent‐Child Adrenocortical Attunement in the High‐Risk Offspring of Depressed Parents
Developmental Psychobiology

Children's Neural Processing of Moral Scenarios Provides Insight into the Formation and Reduction of In‐Group Biases
Developmental Science

Sufren Los Niños*: Exploring the Impact of Unauthorized Immigration Status on Children's Well‐Being*
Family Court Review

Maternal Self-Reported Depressive Symptoms and Matenral Cortisol Levels Interact to Predict Infant Cortisol Levels
Infant Mental Health Journal

The Psychological Effects of Political and Domestic Violence on Central American and Mexican Immigrant Mothers and Children
Journal of Community Psychology

Estamos Traumados: The Effect of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment and Policies on the Mental Health of Mexican Immigrant Families
Journal of Community Psychology

Impact of Trauma Exposure and Acculturative Stress on Internalizing Symptoms for Recently Arrived Migrant‐Origin Youth: Results from a Community‐Based Partnership
Journal of Community Psychology

Beyond Orphanhood: Parental Nonresidence and Child Well‐being in Tanzania
Journal of Marriage and Family

Emotional Processing in the First 2 Years of Life: A Review of Near‐Infrared Spectroscopy Studies
Journal of Neuroimaging

Neural Correlates of the Mother‐to‐Infant Social Transmission of Fear
Journal of Neuroscience Research

Psychometric Properties of the Child PTSD Symptom Scale in Latino Children
Journal of Traumatic Stress

“One Scar Too Many:” The Associations Between Traumatic Events and Psychological Distress Among Undocumented Mexican Immigrants
Journal of Traumatic Stress

The Refugee Crisis and the Rights of Children: Perspectives on Community‐Based Resettlement Programs
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development

Nurturing Care for Young Children Under Conditions of Fragility and Conflict
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development

Integrating Early Child Development and Violence Prevention Programs: A Systematic Review
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development

Anxiety, Immigration, and the Search for Information
Political Psychology

Maternal cognition Talk in the Mother–Toddler Dyad Mediates the Influence of Early Maternal Emotional Availability on Preschoolers' Belief Reasoning
Social Development

Instability in Parent–Child Coresidence and Adolescent Development in Urban South Africa
Studies in Family Planning

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The Effectiveness of Cultural Adjustment and Trauma Services (CATS): Generating Practice‐Based Evidence on a Comprehensive, School‐Based Mental Health Intervention for Immigrant Youth
American Journal of Community Psychology

Implementation Research for Early Childhood Development Programming in Humanitarian Contexts
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

The Quality of the Childrearing Environment of Refugee or Asylum‐Seeking Children and the Best Interests of the Child: Reliability and Validity of the BIC‐Q
Behavioral Sciences & the Law

Social Policy Report - The Biological Embedding of Child Abuse and Neglect Implications for Policy and Practice
Child Development

Does Undocumented Immigration Increase Violent Crime?*

Immigration Enforcement, Policing, and Crime
Criminology & Public Policy

Forgotten Children of Immigration and Family Law: How The Absence of Legal Aid Affects Children in the United States
Family Court Review

The Evolving (Re)Categorisations of Refugees Throughout the “Refugee/Migrant Crisis”
Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology

International Migration and the Conduit Pipe Syndrome
Journal of Public Affairs

Unauthorized Status and Youth Development in the United States: Consensus Statement of the Society for Research on Adolescence
Journal of Research on Adolescence

Hannah Arendt and the Political Meaning of Human Dignity
Journal of Social Philosophy

Comparing Trauma Exposure, Mental Health Needs, and Service Utilization Across Clinical Samples of Refugee, Immigrant, and U.S.‐Origin Children
Journal of Traumatic Stress

Immigrant Children and Families and the Public Child Welfare System: Considerations for Legal Systems
Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Family Courts and Immigration Status
Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Juvenile Shackling Reform: The Judicial Role in Ensuring Trauma‐Informed Courts and Why States Are Rethinking Restraints
Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Paradoxes of Family Immigration Policy: Separation, Reorganization, and Reunification of Families under Current Immigration Laws
Law & Policy

Immigrants to the United States and Adult Education Services
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education

The Rights and Duties of Immigrants in Liberal Societies
Philosophy Compass

Social Issues, Authoritarianism, and Ideological Conceptualization: How Policy Dimensions and Psychological Factors Influence Ideological Labeling
Political Psychology

The State, Unauthorized Mexican Migration, and Vulnerability in the Workplace
Sociology Compass

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Scientific Statement by ISDP and ICIS on U.S. Government Practice of Separating Migrant Children From Their Parents at the Border
International Society for Developmental Psychology and International Congress of Infant Studies

ISSOP Position Statement on Migrant Child Health
International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health

The Negative Effects of Separating Families at the U.S.-Mexico Border
National Council on Family Relations

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