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Psychological Well-Being in Awaiting-Trial Inmates: The Roles of Loneliness and Social Support
Social Sciences
Volume 5, Issue 5, October 2016, Pages: 64-69
Received: Aug. 6, 2016; Accepted: Aug. 18, 2016; Published: Sep. 12, 2016
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Philip Chukwuemeka Mefoh, Department of Psychology, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Victor Okechukwu Odo, Department of Psychology, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Michael Arinze Ezeh, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, Renaissance University, Enugu, Nigeria
Linda Ekwutosi Ezeah, Department of Psychology, Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
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This research examined the roles of loneliness and social support as predictors of psychological well-being in awaiting-trial inmates. Participants were 300 awaiting-trial inmates of Enugu Prison Command. There were 200 (73.33%) male inmates and 80 (26.66%) female inmates in the sample. Their ages ranged between 18 years and 69 years (Mean age = 43.50 years; Standard Deviation = 5.21). Purposive sampling method was adopted in the sample selection; and participation in the study was anonymous. Three instruments – the short-form University of California, Los Angeles loneliness scale (ULS-8), the multidimensional scale of perceived social support (MSPSS), and the psychological well-being scale (PWB-S), were used for data collection. Analysis of data was conducted with multiple regressions and correlations (MRC). Results showed that loneliness and social support were significant predictors of psychological well-being. The findings failed to confirm the first hypothesis, but confirmed the second hypothesis. Discussion highlighted the need to establish vocational training facilities and other social services in prisons to constructively engage prison inmates in meaningful tasks.
Awaiting-Trial Inmates, Enugu Prison Command, Loneliness, Psychological Well-Being, Social Support
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Philip Chukwuemeka Mefoh, Victor Okechukwu Odo, Michael Arinze Ezeh, Linda Ekwutosi Ezeah, Psychological Well-Being in Awaiting-Trial Inmates: The Roles of Loneliness and Social Support, Social Sciences. Vol. 5, No. 5, 2016, pp. 64-69. doi: 10.11648/
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