Inmates with social support likely to maintain religious conversions

May 2nd, 2009 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 2 (ANI): Prisoners who have support from positive social networks, such as mentors or family members, are more likely to keep their religious conversions, a new study has revealed.

According to lead author Kent R. Kerley, Assistant Professor of Justice Sciences, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham, convicts often undergo religious conversions and those with social support are the ones who maintain it.

In the study, Kerley and co-author J. Heith Copes, Ph.D, UAB Associate Professor of Justice Sciences, found the conversion was preserved through different ways such as having close connection with their gurus, chaplains or religious family members.

Keeping distance from those bearing negative influences along with active religious participation in jail, and sharing their faith with others also helped the inmates from being distracted from their religious path.

The study found that a staggering majority further engaged in prayer and meditation on a daily basis.

The article was published in the April issue of the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. (ANI)

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