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J Interpers Violence. 2009 Feb;24(2):259-79. doi: 10.1177/0886260508317183. Epub 2008 May 7.

Comparison of violence and abuse in juvenile correctional facilities and schools.

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  • 1Bob Shapell School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.


Peer violence, peer sexual harassment and abuse, and staff abuse experienced by boys and girls in juvenile correctional facilities are compared with those experienced by peers in schools in the community. Responses of 360 youths in 20 gender-separated correctional facilities in Israel to a questionnaire tapping these forms of mistreatment were compared with those of 7,012 students in a representative sample of Israeli junior high and high schools. Victimization was reported more frequently by those in correctional facilities than by those in schools. However, some of the more prevalent forms of violence and abuse were reported with equal frequency in both settings, and some more frequently in schools. Despite being victimized more frequently, those in the correctional facilities tended to view their victimization as a significantly less serious problem than those in the schools and to rate the staff as doing a better job of dealing with the problem.

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