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NCJ Number: 229721 Find in a Library
Title: Body a 'Double-Edged Sword'? A Qualitative Study on Swedish Female Prisoners' Relationship toward Their Bodies
Journal: Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention  Volume:10  Issue:2  Dated:2009  Pages:161-177
Author(s): Katarina Swahnberg; Barbro Wijma
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 17
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Using qualitative interviews, this study examined Swedish female prisoners' conceptions and feelings about their own bodies.
Abstract: The aim of this study was to explore female prisoners' relationship toward their bodies by means of qualitative interviews. The authors interviewed 14 female prisoners aged 22-53 years. Four were convicted for violent crimes, seven for drug crimes, and three for more than one crime. All of them had been addicted to drugs and the most frequently used drug was amphetamine. To analyse the participants' relationship toward their bodies we used a thematic analysis. The main result encompasses three phenomena: worries about weight, negative emotions toward the body, and negative thoughts about the body. Analyses revealed that the female prisoners' relationship toward their bodies is a changeable process. The analyses also showed that experience of physical and sexual abuse was a very important factor for understanding these women's relationship toward their bodies. Figure and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Female inmates
Index Term(s): Female offenders; Gender issues; Inmate characteristics; Inmate health; Sexual assault; Sweden
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