June 2021 – Baylor University recently partnered with American Bible Society (ABS) and Good News Jail and Prison Ministry to conduct a study aimed at determining if or how Bible-based intervention should inform holistic approaches to offender reform.
The Scripture-based program used in the study was derived from Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help, a book published by ABS.
The study revealed that inmates who participated in the program showed enhanced emotional benefits such as increased forgiveness, resilience, and meaning in life as well as a significant decrease in negative consequences of trauma, PTSD, and vengefulness.
Dr. Phil Monroe, a Christian psychologist who works with ABS, said he is amazed, but not surprised, at how effective the program has been at reducing trauma and increasing a person’s sense of connection to God, neighbors, and the Bible. “We have proven effects that last,” Monroe said.