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NCJ Number: 149674 Find in a Library
Title: Preventing Youth Violence: Prejudice Elimination and Conflict Resolution Programs
Journal: Forum  Issue:25  Dated:(Spring 1994)  Pages:15-19
Author(s): P Moore; D Batiste
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article argues that the school-based, conflict- resolution and prejudice-reduction training fields have been separated artificially by their practitioners and school districts, which usually choose to provide one or the other.
Abstract: The authors assert that the ability to consider and respect individual differences is most effectively promoted by an approach that considers bias-reduction and dispute- resolution skills as bound together, thereby offering action strategies for respectfully resolving and thinking about individual and group differences. The article recommends that the entire school community must adopt a shared set of values that respect diversity, differences, and conflict resolution. If only youth are involved in such a program, then it implies that adults do not manifest prejudice. Conflict-resolution and prejudice-elimination practitioners have already begun to integrate elements of one another's work into training programs and curricula. A youth violence- prevention program that reflects such a cooperative effort between the two disciplines must contain a comprehensive analysis of what each program does best. These most effective elements can then become the foundation for a framework for collaboration among practitioners, educators, community leaders, parents, and youth. Elements of a sample program are listed. 4 notes
Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs
Index Term(s): Conflict resolution; Discrimination; Dispute resolution; Juvenile delinquency prevention
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