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NCJ Number: 149676 Find in a Library
Title: Making Conflict Resolution Work for Youth
Journal: Forum  Issue:25  Dated:(Spring 1994)  Pages:25-27
Author(s): T Amsler; S C Gentle
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 3
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article identifies the characteristics of an effective conflict-resolution program for youth.
Abstract: The authors argue that significant shifts in both practice and attitude are necessary for effective work with young people. These shifts involve reallocations of both financial and training resources. They begin with the conscious and informed commitment of a program to spend concerted time to learn about youth and from youth in their community. The staff members of community mediation programs, although skilled at case development and volunteer management, are generally not trained as street workers or organizers. They often have little direct experience working with youth. A relaxed, insightful relationship with youth can only develop through a respect for and an understanding of the life-worlds of youth and a willingness to spend time, listen, and then construct responses based on what is learned. The central tenet of this article is that the conflict-resolution interventions with youth will have optimum benefits if they are situated within well-conceived plan that draws on the experiences of youth and their communities for their design. Also, activities with youth must have realistic expectations and time lines. If conflict resolution with youth is intended to reduce or prevent violence, it must be set within a framework of a search for justice.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Conflict resolution; Violence prevention
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