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Bullying and peer violence in secure settings

Journal call for papers from Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

To be published in 2016

Guest editors

Dr Ivana Sekol, Ph.D. Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia
Professor David P. Farrington, University of Cambridge, UK
Professor Jane L. Ireland, University of Central Lancashire, UK and Ashworth Research Centre, Mersey Care NHS Trust, UK

About the edition

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, forensic psychiatric facilities) is still limited. Living in secure settings of any kind, however, implies operating in a more or less inescapable social system. Such a special 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 special issue 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 bullying occurring in such environments.

While all submissions will be considered, the following topics are of particular interest:

  1. Nature and prevalence of bullying and/or peer violence in secure settings including children’s homes, correctional facilities, adult and juvenile prisons and secure hospitals
  2. Individual and contextual correlates and predictors of bullying and/or victimization in such environments
  3. Etiology and development of bully-victim relationships in the context of the special group dynamics typical of secure care life, including considerations of peer hierarchies and peer cultures
  4. Contributions of organizational and other factors (e.g. institutional ideology, perceived legitimacy of staff decisions, the quality of relationship between residents and staff and alike) to bullying and victimization
  5. Effects of bullying and peer violence on achieving the aims of ‘institutionalization’
  6. Evidence-based anti-bullying strategies and their effectiveness in closed environments

Submission criteria and review policy

Submissions can be up to 5,000 words in length (including title page, main body of the article, footnotes, references, tables, & figures), excluding the abstract. The abstract must be no longer than 150 words. Up to four tables can be included. Manuscript submissions will be considered starting as soon as possible, continuing on a rolling basis until September 30, 2015. All submissions will be double blind peer reviewed.

For author guidelines, see the Journal’s webpage:

In the first instance, please e-mail the structured abstract of your proposed article to the lead guest editor: [email protected]

Once your abstract is approved final submissions can be made here: 

Please ensure that you submit to the special issue on 'bullying and peer violence in secure settings'

For general information on the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research please visit the journal's website: