Relation of attitudes toward environment and animals with social and criminal-aggressive profile of adult inmates in school classes of a correctional facility

Relation of attitudes toward environment and animals with social and criminal-aggressive profile of adult inmates in school classes of a correctional facilitys

Nikolaos Hasanagas, Alexandra Bekiari

University of Thessaly, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science, Greece

International Journal of social research

Aim of this research is to detect determinants and effects of environmental and animal-related attitudes of inmates. A sample of correctional facility inmates in the prison secondary school was collected in 2015 (class A=23 inmates, average 36 years, and B=12 inmates, average 33 years old, all male). Standardized questionnaires were answered and analytic statistics (Spearman test) was used. Preference for socialization or loneliness in nature or urban environment, aggression to animals, vegetarianism and susceptibility to environmental practices are correlated with the inmates criminal and behavioral profile as well as with their advancement in the education program of the prison school. Their education in prison seems to have positive environmental education effects. Positive attitudes of inmates toward animals is related with their family background, susceptibility of loneliness in nature, no hunting, involvement in environmental or cultural organization, susceptibility to impulsively impose protective values and norms, minimal aggressiveness, no crimes committed under angry circumstances or cyber-crimes, socializing in prison. Thereby, there is a noticeable accordance of vegetarianism, nature- and animal- attitudes of the inmates.

Keywords: environment, animals, criminal-aggressive profile, inmates, education

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Nikolaos Hasanagas and Alexandra Bekiari.Relation of attitudes toward environment and animals with social and criminal-aggressive profile of adult inmates in school classes of a correctional facility. International Journal of Social Research, 2017; 1:12.


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