1st Edition

Bullying Among Prisoners Evidence, Research and Intervention Strategies

By Jane L. Ireland Copyright 2002
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Bullying in prisons can have severe consequences both for those directly involved and for the prison regime as a whole, yet the subject has been curiously neglected in the literature. In 1993, the Prison Service introduced their first anti-bullying strategy, and since then there has been a great deal of research on the subject. Bullying Among Prisoners summarises this research, and seeks to answer some important questions.
    Bullying Among Prisoners identifies problems in defining and measuring bullying, along with proposing guidelines on how research in this field should be conducted. The book covers:
    * what bullying is
    * how and why it occurs
    * the effects of bullying
    * practical strategies for preventing bullying.
    By outlining a series of interventions that can be employed to address bullying, this book will prove an invaluable resource for all those working directly with the perpetrators and victims, not only in prisons but also in a range of settings such as regional secure units and special hospitals.

    Ramsbotham, Foreword. Bullying in Prison: The Research Field to Date. Defining and Measuring Bullying in a Prison Environment. Extent and Nature of Bullying. Why does Bullying Occur Among Prisoners? Characteristics of Bullies and Victims. Reactions to Bullying. Strategies (1): Preventing Bullying. Strategies (2): Reacting to Bullying.


    Jane L. Ireland is a chartered forensic psychologist and a member of the International Society for Research into Aggression. She has published many journal articles in the area of bullying among prisoners.

    'I warmly commend Dr Ireland's book, which results from careful observation and research, but which is essentially practical in its message. If what Dr Ireland preaches is put into practice, every prison ... should feel safe.' - From the foreword by Sir David Ramsbotham, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons 1995-2001