The study aimed to highlight the strategies used to maintain the father identity and role during imprisonment. Particularly, it focused on different ways of dealing with the triadic dynamic among father, mother and children, which is the context of parenting. The data were collected through two qualitative methodologies: autobiographic writing and semi structured interview. The participants were 16 fathers of a prison in the North of Italy. Results indicate the central role of the partner/caregiver to preserve the relationship between imprisoned father and their children.
Keywords: Parenting, imprisonment, triadic dynamic, narration, co-parenting