Staff reports of bullying and intervention strategies in Croatian care and correctional institutions for youth
AffiliationDepartment of Criminology and Social Sciences, University of Derby
University of Cambridge
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AbstractThis study compares staff reports of bullying amongst institutionalized youth with residents’ own self-reported prevalence of bullying and victimization collected in the previous study (hereafter the Self-Report Study on Bullying in Croatian Residential Care (SSBCRC)) and staff reports of reduction strategies are compared with evidence-based proposed policy solutions arising from residents’ reports. The study also compares reduction strategies used by staff with evidence-based proposed policy solutions arising from residents’ reports arising from the SSBCRC. One hundred and forty staff from 20 Croatian youth facilities completed an anonymous questionnaire. The results revealed that staff estimates of the prevalence of bullying and victimization were significantly lower than resident reports. Staff were better aware of the prevalence of certain types of bullying, but they held stereotypical views of bullies and victims and had difficulties in recognizing the true times and places of bullying. Staff described their anti-bullying policies as being predominantly reactive, rather than proactive and evidence-based. It is concluded that more effort needs to be made in order to change the current anti-bullying policies used by staff.
CitationSekol, I., and Farrington, D. (2020). 'Staff reports of bullying and intervention strategies in Croatian care and correctional institutions for youth. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 64(1), pp, 1-24. DOI: 10.1177/0306624X19882833
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology