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Religions 2018, 9(4), 101; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9040101

‘Better as a Buddhist’: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Reflections on the Religious Beliefs of Buddhist Men Serving a Prison Sentence for a Sexual Offence

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HMP Whatton, HMPPS, Nottingham NG13 9FQ, UK
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Sexual Offences, Crime and Misconduct Research Unit, Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG1 4FQ, UK
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Received: 7 March 2018 / Revised: 23 March 2018 / Accepted: 27 March 2018 / Published: 29 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Crime: Theory, Research, and Practice)
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This paper presents a qualitative analysis of the accounts offered by individuals (n = 7) convicted of a sexual offense who describe themselves as Buddhists. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews within a custodial environment and analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). This paper presents the two superordinate themes that emerged from the data: (i) Better as a Buddhist and (ii) Ebb and Flow. Reflections and analysis from the Buddhist prison chaplain are integrated within the analysis of prisoner-participant data. Implications of the analysis are discussed with reference to interventions that use Buddhist principles, factors that underpin factors that help reduce reoffending and those that fit with the formation of a desistance narrative for religious individuals who have committed sexual offenses View Full-Text
Keywords: Buddhism; qualitative; sexual offense; interpretative phenomenological analysis Buddhism; qualitative; sexual offense; interpretative phenomenological analysis
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Bell, K.; Winder, B.; Blagden, N. ‘Better as a Buddhist’: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of the Reflections on the Religious Beliefs of Buddhist Men Serving a Prison Sentence for a Sexual Offence. Religions 2018, 9, 101.

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