HomeSMCC Higher Education Research Journalvol. 7 no. 1 (2020)

Psychosocial Characteristics as Drivers of Crime Incidence and Quality of Life of Prison Inmates

Maria Cherry A. Serrano

Discipline: Social Science



The study established the psychosocial characteristics that drive crime incidence and the quality of life of inmates. It employed descriptive method in describing the psychosocial characteristics of inmates, crime incidence, and their quality of life. It used data mining, questionnaires, and interviews in the data gathering. It employed the Convenience Sampling Method in determining the respondents. The statistical tools used in the analysis and interpretation of data consisted of frequency, percentage, mean, and Pearson Correlation. The study revealed that the inmates had low level of education, low level of income and involved with drugs. The inmates were Moderately Satisfied with their quality of life in jail. It revealed that there is high correlation in involvement with drugs and crimes. Economic reasons induced inmates to commit crimes. Self-esteem, self-control and strong personal values could have prevented them from committing crimes. Low educational attainment resulted to economic difficulties, low self-esteem and self-control. The study recommends for the children to stay in school to obtain good education and self-esteem and for the government to provide employment, skills training for inmates for their reentry and reintegration into the society to avoid reoffending.