Measuring religion in prisons: offenders' beliefs and attitudes

Adler, Joanna R. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2973-8503, Burnside, Jonathan, Loucks, Nancy 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 [Article] (doi:10.1080/15228930801963929)

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
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
ISI Impact: 2
Item ID: 3581
Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2010 06:05
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2019 10:27
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/3581

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