The purpose of this study was to survey the female inmates' reasons for living. The samples included 99 inmates who were convicted and sentenced to more than ten years. The survey instrument was “ The Reason for Living Scale ” translated from Linehan et al., in 1983. There were 72 questions in the survey.The data was analyzed by frequency, percent, mean, and standard deviation. Results of the survey indicated the youngest inmate in the sample of 99 inmates was 20 years old, and the oldest was 63 years old. The average age was 38 years (S.D. = 10.42). The shortest periods of time for the inmates who were convicted and sentenced was 10 years and the longest was 29 years. The average length of their sentence was 16.5 years (S.D. = 57.54). The shortest period of time served was 1.6 years and the longest period of time served was 19 years. The average period of time served was 8.9 years (S.D. = 53.32). Ninety five of the female inmates (96%) indicated that family is the main factor for them to stay alive. The total average of “ reason for living ” of inmates was 4.38 (S.D. = .62). The inmates gave precedence to child-related concerns , responsibility to family , survival and coping beliefs at a high level (Mean = 5.21 , 5.14 , 4.92) respectively.
Nissara Khammanee, Burapha University, Thailand
Surin Shthithatip, Burapha University, Thailand
Juthamas Haenjohn, Burapha University, Thailand
Warakorn Supwirapakorn, Burapha University, Thailand
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