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NCJ Number: 152397 Find in a Library
Title: Mediating Teen Violence in Boulder, Colorado
Author(s): K Damas
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Conflict Resolution Consortium
Boulder, CO 80309
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
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University of Colorado
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William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A member of the Boulder, Colorado, Youth Services Division describes the city's mediation service and how it interacts with the schools regarding violence involving school-age children.
Abstract: The mediation service is 10 years old and uses volunteers to help resolve disputes involving landlords and tenants, neighbors, neighborhoods and developers, race relations, and youths. Typical parent-adolescent disputes involve curfews, school performance, sex, drugs, peers, and others. The service uses two mediators rather than one. In teen situations, it uses an adult and a teenager to mediate each dispute. The first step is to generate a dialogue between the parties in conflict. Adolescents often have difficulty generating options to resolve a dispute and need the mediator to say that ways exist to resolve conflict other than hitting someone or giving up on solving the problem. Another step that is needed is to include in the curriculum the names of the people who worked out agreements and treaties, not just the generals in wars. In addition, a recent episode involving a beating has led to awareness of the need for a mediation model that involves the youths' entire circle of influence rather than just the two parties to a dispute.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Colorado; Conflict resolution; Dispute resolution; Mediation; Mediators; Violence prevention
Note: Edited transcript of talk given for the Intractable Conflict/Constructive Confrontation Project on November 6, 1993
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