Aim: The purpose of this research is to investigate the effect of recreational activities on the self-esteem and loneliness level of prisoners as an alternative education. Method: The sample of this research consisted of 23 female prisoners who were randomly selected in Kandira prison and detention house. As preliminary and final tests, these prisoners were given a personal information form, self-esteem and UCLA Loneliness Scale. The program lasted one and a half hours a day, two days a week and twelve weeks. The activities were composed of music, dancing, meditation, sports activities, videos and entertaining competitions. The data were analyzed with Wilcoxon and correlation tests in SPSS 18 package program (p<0.05). The findings: The prisoners were aged between 20 and 59 and they were in prison for less than one year and for 10 years. A statistically positive and significant connection was determined between loneliness preliminary test and final test scores (p=0.001) in the group. A statistically negative connection was calculated in the correlation analysis that was performed between self-esteem level in preliminary and final tests (0.002) and loneliness level in preliminary and final tests (0.012). Conclusion: Recreational activities were specified to have positive effect on increasing the self-esteem level and decreasing loneliness level of the prisoners.
Basaran, Z. (2016). The Effect of Recreational Activities on the Self-esteem and Loneliness Level of the Prisoners as an Alternative Education. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 4(5), 1080–1088. https://doi.org/10.13189/ujer.2016.040518