Finding Rhythms Made Me Find My Rhythm in Prison': The Role of a Music Program in Promoting Social Engagement and Psychological Well-being Among Inmates


The Prison Journal




This article presents a mixed-methods evaluation of the Finding Rhythms (FR) charity music program in U.K. prisons. Results across two studies indicate that FR group activities and the development of a shared FR identity lead to a positive well-being outcome. Furthermore, FR involvement dissolves rivalries between prisoners and provides them with a sense of purpose that extends into prison life and beyond. We provide evidence for the social cure properties of the FR group and the music program that promotes social engagement and psychological well-being among inmates. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Engagement Level; Mental Health; Prisoners; Recreative Music Methods; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

Finding Rhythms music program; social engagement; psychological well-being; inmates; Prisoners; Well Being; Psychological Engagement; Social Identity

Study Type

Mixed Methods

Document Type