Participation in prison programmes: Encouraging and discouraging factors

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This study aims to provide a literature review of the motivations and barriers of prison inmates to participate in education, vocational training, sports, wellbeing and health, and cultural activities. The majority of studies concerning prison activities focus on positive outcomes such as contribution to self-worth, better health, and reduction in recidivism. The purpose of the present study is to investigate prisoners' motivations and barriers to participation in prison programmes. Therefore, this paper draws on a systematic literature review and qualitative content analysis. In total, 22 studies were retrieved and analysed. The motivations and barriers are situated in an ecological framework, with categorisation on the micro, meso, exo, and macrolevel. The results indicate that research on the participation of prisoners is rather scarce, especially in relation to determinants on the meso- and macro-level. In conclusion, substantial attention is paid to outlining possible implications and guidelines for future research.
Originele taal-2English
TitelCrime, violence, justice and social order
SubtitelMonitoring contemporary security issues
RedacteurenP. Ponsaers, A. Crawford, J. De Maillard, J. Shapland, A. Verhage
Plaats van productieAntwerpen, Apeldoorn & Portland
UitgeverijMaklu
Pagina's275-298
Aantal pagina's24
ISBN van geprinte versie978-90-466-0603-2
StatusPublished - 2013

Publicatie series

NaamGERN Research Paper Series
Nummer1

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P. Ponsaers, A. Crawford, J. De Maillard, J. Shapland, & A. Verhage

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