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ERIC Number: EJ957379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
Harmony within the Walls: Perceptions of Worthiness and Competence in a Community Prison Choir
Cohen, Mary L.
International Journal of Music Education, v30 n1 p46-56 Feb 2012
Based on theories that low self-esteem is related to criminal activity (Oser, 2006) and high self-esteem derives from competence and worthiness (Harter, 1985; Mruk, 2006), this study measured changes in community singers' attitudes toward prisoners and documented changes in prisoner singers' perceptions of their social competence. Participants included 22 prisoners and 22 community members over a 12-week choral program in a medium-security Midwest state prison. Community members completed an Attitudes Toward Prisoners Scale (ATPS) before meeting the prisoners and after the group's concert. All answered open-ended questions summarizing the choir experience. Results indicated a significant difference (p less than 0.01) between pre- and post-measurements on the community singers' ATPS. Two categories emerged from the open-ended answers: relationships with others and self-gratification. Five subcategories under relationships with others emerged from prisoner singers' data: feeling respected, getting along with others, making friends, connecting to something outside prison, and improving family relationships. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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