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Spirituality within the Prison Walls – The Impact of a 30-days Retreat at the Prison in Kumla
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this qualitative master thesis was to explore how a 30-days spiritual retreat at the prison in Kumla has affected male prisoners coping strategies in everyday life. Non-probability samples of five prisoners were interviewed and they were contacted through snowball sampling. Three of the participants were still serving their sentence in prison at the time of the interview, and two were released. The result showed a positive change within the areas of handling negative emotions, finding a meaning with incarceration, reconciliation with themselves, less infractions and a reevaluation of their lives. The result showed a positive change in all of the prisoner’s lives in various areas. A majority have started to define themselves as spiritual and believing in a God or "a creating power" after attending the retreat. The negative influence of the spiritual retreat could be a new spiritual concept taking over their previous criminal lifestyle. There could also be seen a tendancy towards religious ruminations.

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2012. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Religion, Spirituality, Prisoner, Sweden, Rehabilitation, Monastery
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-16030OAI: diva2:512803
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Masterprogram i beteende- och samhällsvetenskap SBETA 120 hp
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-05-15 Created: 2012-03-29 Last updated: 2012-05-15Bibliographically approved

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