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NCJ Number: 78509 Find in a Library
Title: Sport and the Inmates Dilemma - Time To Kill or Time To Live
Author(s): T D Orlick
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 24
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Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: In this study, interviews were conducted with 28 male and female inmates housed in Canadian maximum-security and medium-security prisons to determine their sports backgrounds and values and the role of sports in their prison lives.
Abstract: As youngsters, the large majority of the subjects interviewed had participated in organized competitive sports. Sport value problems associated with competition and aggression appeared to be intensified among inmates, especially for the males. Sports did, however, appear to play a vital role in the process of coping with prison time. The similarities between prisoners forced to deal with their imprisonment and 'ordinary' people forced to cope with life, time, frustration, loss, and failure, suggest directions for further research and research utilization. Tabular data and 16 references are provided.
Index Term(s): Canada; Inmate attitudes; Inmate recreational programs; Physical fitness
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity in Tallahassee, Florida, May 21-24, 1978.
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