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J R Army Med Corps. 2012 Jun;158(2):115-9.

Bullying and the UK Armed Forces.

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Department of Community Mental Health, Sunny Walk PP6, HM Naval Base Portsmouth.


There are certain characteristics of the culture and environment in the Armed Forces that may be conducive to bullying. In this article we examine the cultural and environmental factors that may encourage such behaviour and those that act as deterrents for victims to come forward. We will look at the scope of this problem within the UK Armed Forces specifically, before more generally considering the psychological impact of bullying. There appears to be an overall downward trend in bullying within the UK Armed Forces and a positive increase in complaints as more victims step forward. We conclude by highlighting some areas for further development.

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