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A Pragmatic Study of the Impact of a Brief Mindfulness Intervention on Prisoners and Staff in a Category B Prison and Men Subject to Community-Based Probation Supervision

Jason Davies Orcid Logo, Pamela Ugwudike, Hayley Young, Chloe Hurrell, Peter Raynor Orcid Logo

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Volume: 65, Issue: 1, Pages: 136 - 156

Swansea University Authors: Jason Davies Orcid Logo, Hayley Young, Peter Raynor Orcid Logo

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Objectives: This paper presents two studies assessing the impact of mindfulness in prison (prisoners and staff) and non-custodial settings.Method: Study 1 - prisoners (n=17) and staff (n=15) in a UK prison completed a mindfulness programme; 16 individuals acted as a single time point comparison. Dat...

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Published in: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
ISSN: 0306-624X 1552-6933
Published: SAGE Publications 2020
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa54430
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Abstract: Objectives: This paper presents two studies assessing the impact of mindfulness in prison (prisoners and staff) and non-custodial settings.Method: Study 1 - prisoners (n=17) and staff (n=15) in a UK prison completed a mindfulness programme; 16 individuals acted as a single time point comparison. Data were collected using self-report, computer based and physiological measurement. Study 2 - men under community probation supervision were allocated to mindfulness (completed, n=28) or TAU (n=27). Data were collected using self-report mindfulness measures.Results: Study 1 - statistically significant (increases in mindfulness skills (ηp2=.234 to ηp2=.388), cognitive control (ηp2=.28) and heart rate variability (SDNN; ηp2=.41) along with significant decreases in stress (ηp2=.398) were found. In study 2, the mindfulness group showed non significant improvements in mindfulness skills. Conclusions: The findings suggest brief mindfulness interventions could make an important contribution to offender rehabilitation and custodial staff wellbeing.
Issue: 1
Start Page: 136
End Page: 156