Houses of Healing: A Group Intervention for Grieving Women in Prison
Date of Original Version
This study examines the impact of female inmate participation in a facilitator-led group on psychosocial (anxiety, depression, self-esteem) and spiritual well-being. A convenience sample of 36 women (21 intervention, 15 comparison) was recruited from a women's prison in the Northeast. Participants in the groups described positive outcomes in the interviews and in the quantitative measurements of anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. Trends in the data, however, indicated an additional differential effect related to program involvement for depression and anxiety scores. The spirituality scores were high at all times for both groups, with slight increases over the period of the study. © 2009, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.
The Prison Journal
Ferszt, Ginette G., Dawn Salgado, Susanne Defedele, and Mary Leveillee. "Houses of Healing: A Group Intervention for Grieving Women in Prison." The Prison Journal 89, 1 (2009): 46-64. doi:10.1177/0032885508325394.