Measuring religion in prisons: Offenders' beliefs and attitudes

Adler, Joanna R. and Loucks, Nancy and Burnside, Jonathan and Viki, G. Tendayi (2008) Measuring religion in prisons: Offenders' beliefs and attitudes. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 8 (2). pp. 130-149. ISSN 1522-8932. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This article reports on ways to measure and assess the effects of living within a religious regime, comparing Kainos prisoners with matched control participants. Kainos is a Christian, cognitive behavioral regime run in English prisons. In this article, we consider prisoners' attitudes toward religion and provide objective information regarding the impact of a religious intervention on the religiosity of prisoners. We present data from three scales: the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith (SCSORF; Plante & Boccaccini, 1997a); the Age Universal I-E (Intrinsic-Extrinsic) Scale (Maltby, 2002; Maltby & Lewis, 1997); and the Francis Attitudes Towards Christianity Scale (Francis, 1993b; Francis, Lewis, Philipchalk, Brown, & Lester, 1995; Lewis & Maltby, 1997; Lewis, Shevlin, Lloyd, & Adamson, 1998). Two hundred and sixteen prisoners participated, from across all prisons in which Kainos ran. The Kainos program attracted prisoners who were already seeking spiritual sustenance. Religious prisoners held at normal, non-Kainos locations were less likely to retain their beliefs. There are implications for how the Prison Service could better sustain spirituality among the imprisoned

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: religious orientation; prisons and religion; prisoners' faith
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Jane Griffiths
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2009 10:28
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 10:29
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14700 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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