Bullying in adolescent residential care: The influence of the physical and social residential care environment

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Sekol, Ivana 2015. Bullying in adolescent residential care: The influence of the physical and social residential care environment. Child Youth Care Forum. 45 (3), pp. 409-431. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-015-9336-8
AuthorsSekol, Ivana
Abstract

To date, no study examined possible contributions of environmental factors to bullying and victimization in adolescent residential care facilities. By testing one part of the Multifactor Model of Bullying in Secure Setting (MMBSS; Ireland in Int J Adolesc Med Health 24(1):63–68, 2012), this research examined the way the physical and social residential environment relates to bullying and victimization in adolescent residential care. Young people aged 11–21 (N = 272) from ten residential institutions in Croatia completed: (a) an anonymous self-reported bullying questionnaire; (b) the social residential environment questionnaire; and (c) the physical residential environment questionnaire. The results demonstrated that both bullies and victims reported having significantly lower levels of perceived peer support than other residents. Male bullies also reported significantly lower levels of their overall wellbeing within their facilities and were significantly more likely than non-bullies to perceive their facilities as having problems with cleanliness and food. Male victims were significantly younger than non-victims. Female victims reported lower levels of their overall wellbeing than non-victims as well as poorer relationship with staff. The results are discussed with reference to the relevant prison and schoolbased bullying literature and directions for future research are provided. Overall, the findings of this study are consistent with the part of the MMBSS (Ireland 2012) examined and provide initial support for the notion that the special nature of the physical and social residential environment may be important in explaining bullying in care.

KeywordsSocial Sciences (miscellaneous); Life-span and Life-course Studies; social and physical environment, bullying, residential care
Year2015
JournalChild Youth Care Forum
Journal citation45 (3), pp. 409-431
PublisherSpringer
ISSN10531890
15733319
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-015-9336-8
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624174
hdl:10545/624174
Publication dates28 Oct 2015
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Deposited03 Oct 2019, 15:04
Accepted01 Oct 2015
ContributorsFaculty of Education, University of Osijek, Croatia
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