The effect of exercise on improving quality of life and self-esteem of inmates in Greek prisons


  • Dimitra Psychou University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Dimitrios Kokaridas University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Nikolaos Koulouris Demokritus University of Thace, Greece
  • Yannis Theodorakis University of Thessaly, Greece
  • Charalampos Krommidas University of Thessaly, Greece



Prisoners, Physical activity, SF- 12, Rosenberg self-esteem scale


The purpose of the study was to examine the effect of an exercise program on the quality of life and self-esteem of inmates in Greek prisons. Sixty male inmates randomly assigned in two groups (control and experiment). The duration of the training program for the exercise group was 12 weeks. Control group individuals did not participate in the exercise program. SF-12 quality of life questionnaire and the Rosenberg self-esteem scale were administered to both groups prior and after exercise intervention. The findings of this study support the beneficial effect of exercise on quality of life and self-esteem of inmates in Greek prison settings.


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Psychou, D., Kokaridas, D., Koulouris, N., Theodorakis, Y., & Krommidas, C. (2019). The effect of exercise on improving quality of life and self-esteem of inmates in Greek prisons. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 14(2), 374–384.



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