Mindfulness in detention

Mindfulness in detention

Plan- and process evaluation (full text only available in Dutch)


In response to the report ‘Behavioral Interventions for Prisoners’ (Fischer, Captein, & Zwirs, 2012) a start was made with the implementation of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)-training in six prisons in The Netherlands. In this report, it was concluded that low self-esteem and stress responsivity were both factors that were not adequately covered by the currently offered interventions. As low self-esteem and deviant stress responsivity are both well-established risk factors for criminal behavior and impaired responsiveness to cognitive behavioral training, they were deemed promising targets for new or complementary interventions.

Before further steps can be taken regarding the implementation of MBSR in detention, it is important to increase knowledge about how the training is supposedly sorting its effects (i.e., the working mechanisms) and about any difficulties encountered in providing and implementing the MBSR training (i.e., its feasibility).



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Bouw, J.C., Huijbregts, S.C.J., Scholte, E.M. (ass.), Swaab-Barneveld, J.T. (ass.)
University Leiden, WODC
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University Leiden
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