Increasingly people in prison are sharing cells but little is known about how cell-sharing may influence wellbeing. This research explores this issue using a random stratified survey of 569 imprisoned adult men in Northern Ireland. The findings reveal a relationship between cell-sharing and wellbeing but indicate that cellmate relationships may be more important than cell type in influencing wellbeing. Depending on the nature of cellmate relationships, the findings suggest that cell-sharing can enhance or diminish wellbeing beyond that experienced in single cells. In explaining these findings, it is proposed that cellmate relationships may influence the extent to which individuals feel strain from concealing their emotions and vulnerabilities, receive social support from a cellmate and/or feel safe.
- Cellmate Relationships
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of PhilosophyFile