'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

Bell, K., Winder, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-9118-679X and Blagden, N. ORCID: 0000-0002-4037-0984, 2018. '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, 9 (4), p. 101. ISSN 2077-1444

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Abstract

This paper presents a qualitative analysis of the accounts offered by individuals (n=7) convicted of a sexual offence who describe themselves as Buddhists. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews within a custodial environment and analysed 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 offences.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Religions
Creators: Bell, K., Winder, B. and Blagden, N.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 2018
Volume: 9
Number: 4
ISSN: 2077-1444
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.3390/rel9040101DOI
Rights: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 04 Apr 2018 10:25
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2018 10:25
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33171

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