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NCJ Number: 149740 Find in a Library
Title: Holistic Health Comes to Prison
Journal: Federal Prisons Journal  Volume:3  Issue:3  Dated:(Winter 1994)  Pages:55-59
Author(s): T Thompson
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Prison Integrated Health Program (PIHP) serves both inmates and staff at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) for women in Dublin, California.
Abstract: Since its inception as a two-session stress management workshop for long-term inmates, the volunteer-operated holistic health program has expanded dramatically and now serves as a model approach to health promotion and disease prevention in correctional facilities. The program is based on the belief that health is a function of mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The female inmates at FCI Dublin must cope with stressors including the effects of previous physical or sexual abuse, substance abuse, family separation, overcrowding, language difficulties for some ethnic groups, and many chronic health problems. Inmates participating in PIHP complain of these stressors, as well as the threat of violence, racial tension, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and alienation. Prison staff suffer from other stressors: overcrowding, tight budgets, strained marital relations and family conflicts, understaffing, and impaired health. PIHP offers inmates up to 30 hours a week of classes in meditation, parenting skills, conflict resolution, stress management, somatic education, and art classes as well as special workshops and cultural events. Program participants have stopped smoking, demonstrated more effective communication and leadership skills, reconciled with family members outside, and reported improvements in health and self- esteem. 4 notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): California; Correctional officer stress; Female inmates; Holistic therapy; Inmate health care; Stress management
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