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Bullying and peer violence in secure settings

Bullying and peer violence in secure settings

While there is a substantial amount of research investigating bullying in schools, research on bullying and peer violence in secure settings (e.g. prisons, secure care homes, or forensic psychiatric facilities) is rather limited. Living in secure settings of any kind, however, implies operating in a more or less inescapable social system. The unique nature of the ‘institutional’ social context, together with individual characteristics of its residents, makes bullying and/or peer violence in institutions arguably more complex than school bullying and worth separate investigation and preventative strategies.

This e-book of JACPR aims to advance our understanding of bullying and peer violence amongst those detained in secure settings and suggest specific policy implications to address this type of bullying. The chapters are presented in two clusters, each comprised of three chapters. The first group focuses on bullying and peer violence amongst young people in residential care, while the second centres on bullying occurring in juvenile and adult prisons.


Attitudes towards prisoner-to-prisoner bullying and the association with prison environments: examining the components.,Bullying among adolescents in residential programs and in public school: the role of individual and contextual predictors,Bullying behind bars: a preliminary study of human resources professionals and workplace bullying in corrections,Bullying in secure settings,Characteristics of bullies and victims among incarcerated male young offenders,Peer abuse and its contexts in industrial schools in Ireland,Personal characteristics of bullying victims in residential care for youth

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