Choral Singing and Prison Inmates: Influences of Performing in a Prison Choir

Cohen, Mary L.
March 2009
Journal of Correctional Education;Mar2009, Vol. 60 Issue 1, p52
Academic Journal
The article presents two studies that compare the well-being measurements between a group of prison inmates who are singing in a choir and prison inmates not singing in a choir in the U.S. The measurements were recorded before and after the two groups performed through the Friedman Well-being Scale (FWBS) as the dependent measure. The methods and participants of the two experiments are described. The results reveal that there was no significant difference between groups on all subscales of the FWBS but there was a significant increase between pre and post measurements on the subscales for happiness and emotional stability. Furthermore, the findings indicate the positive benefits of the participation in choral singing performances in the inmates' perceived well-being.


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