Prisoners’ gang-related activity: the importance of bullying and moral disengagement

Wood, J., Moir, A. and James, M. (2009) Prisoners’ gang-related activity: the importance of bullying and moral disengagement. Psychology, Crime & Law, 15 (6). pp. 569-581. ISSN 1068-316X.

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Abstract

Gang-related activity can have a significant impact on the effective management of prisons in the UK, yet little is known about the characteristics of the prisoners involved.

In this study,141 adult male prisoners’ gang-related activity was examined in relation to their bullying behaviour and use of moral disengagement.

Results showed that prisoners most involved in gang-related activity were likely to have spent a longer total time in the prison system, be perpetrators of bullying and have high levels of moral disengagement.

Findings also show that moral disengagement partially mediates the relationship between bullying and gang-related activity. Implications for treatment programmes and the prison estate are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV8301 Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Mark James
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 12:37
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2018 12:37
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17660

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