The relationship between exercise and hopelessness in prison

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Cashin, AJ, Potter, E & Butler, TG 2008,'The relationship between exercise and hopelessness in prison', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 66-71.

The publisher's version of this article is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2850.2007.01207.x

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This paper reports on the relationship between the levels of self-reported physical exercise and mental well-being (as measured using the Beck Hopelessness Scale) in a cohort of 914 prisoners within New South Wales, Australia. A significant inverse relationship between self-reported exercise in minutes per week and hopelessness was identified. The need to include exercise as a factor in inmate health plans is discussed.

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