Horticulture in rehabilitation of inmates

E. Rappe, H. Kajander, J. Vesamäki, A. Malinen

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Horticulture has been used in rehabilitation and vocational training in Finnish prisons for a long time but its effects on the well-being of inmates has not so far been evaluated. "Roots to freedom"-project is a nature based rehabilitation project for adult male inmates in Kerava Prison, Finland, in which horticultural activities were offered both in open and closed prison departments in 2013 and 2014. The aim of this study was to document the perceived effects of horticultural activities on coping and psycho-emotional status among inmates participating in "Roots to freedom"-project during the first implementation year. Inmates participated in growing plot garden and box garden including a cooking course, or maintenance of the yards during the summer 2013. Participants filled a questionnaire consisting of open ended questions and scaled statements in the beginning of the growing season in May and after it in August by themselves or with the assistance of the staff. Thirty inmates completed both questionnaires. Horticulture was reported to activate participants, give opportunities to strengthen self-esteem by using former knowledge and skills and learning new ones, and to increase confidence in coping after release. Success was experienced and perseverance learned by harvesting crops. Group activities contributed to the social interaction among inmates, and between inmates and staff. By positive feedback from others, inmates identified favorable characteristics in themselves which encouraged mutual relationships. Horticulture seemed to be a mean to execute on-site activities supporting rehabilitation by creating affordances of everyday life in a restricted environment.
Titel på gästpublikationProceedings of the XXIX International Horticultural Congress on Horticulture: Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes (IHC2014) : XII International People Plant Symposium: Horticulture and Human Communities
RedaktörerS. A. Park, E. Rappe
Antal sidor7
FörlagInternational Society for Horticultural Science, ISHS
ISBN (tryckt)978-94-62611-19-1
StatusPublicerad - 2016
MoE-publikationstypA4 Artikel i en konferenspublikation
EvenemangInternational Horticultural Congress on Horticulture - Brisbane, Australien
Varaktighet: 17 aug 201417 aug 2014
Konferensnummer: 29


NamnActa Horticulturae
ISSN (tryckt)0567-7572
ISSN (elektroniskt)2406-6168


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