Evaluation of the Positive Re-Entry in Corrections Program

Kim H. Huynh, Brittany Hall, Mark A. Hurst, Lynette H. Bikos

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Two groups of male inmates (n = 31, n = 31) participated in the Positive Re-Entry in Corrections Program (PRCP). This positive psychology intervention focused on teaching offenders skills that facilitate re-entry into the community. Offenders participated in weekly lectures, discussions, and homework assignments focused on positive psychology principles. The two groups differed in duration of treatment (8 weeks and 12 weeks). Participants completed pre- and post-intervention measures of gratitude, hope, and life satisfaction. Using a 2 × 2 mixed design ANOVA, we hypothesized that the intervention (with two between-subjects levels of 8 and 12 weeks) and duration (with two repeated measures levels of pre and post) of treatment would moderate pre- to post-intervention change. Results indicated significant differences on pre- and post-intervention scores for both groups of offenders on all measures. The analysis did not yield statistically significant differences between groups, demonstrating no additive benefits from the inclusion of four additional sessions, thus saving time and money for correctional programming and funding. This research supports the use of positive psychology in prison interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1006-1023
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 8 2015


  • gratitude
  • hope
  • intervention
  • offenders
  • positive psychology
  • prison
  • re-entry
  • recidivism
  • satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology


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