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

Wood, Jane L. and Moir, Alice and James, Mark (2009) Prisoners’ gang-related activity: the importance of bullying and moral disengagement. Psychology, Crime & Law, 15 (6). pp. 569-581. ISSN 1068-316X. (doi: (Full text available)

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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. I it 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
Uncontrolled keywords: moral disengagement; prison gangs; bullying
Subjects: H Social Sciences
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Jane Wood
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2009 16:29 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 11:29 UTC
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