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NCJ Number: NCJ 178999     Find in a Library
Title: Want To Resolve a Dispute? Try Mediation
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Corporate Author: National Crime Prevention Council
United States of America
  Journal: Youth in Action  Issue:15  Dated:March 2000 Complete Issue
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 8
  Series: OJJDP Youth in Action Series
  Annotation: Mediation has helped reduce violence in neighborhoods and in schools, especially the use of peer mediation, and steps involved in implementing a mediation program are considered.
Abstract: An effective mediation program requires careful planning. Specific steps are: 1) Identify types of conflict to address, 2) Decide when to use mediation, 3) Recruit mediators, 4) Train mediators, 5) Identify disputants, and 6) Select a neutral location for mediation hearings. To sustain a mediation program, it is necessary to recruit new mediators on a periodic basis, provide on-going training, and demonstrate and share program successes. Challenges faced by a mediation program concern the ability of disputants to compromise and the need to be flexible in working out a reasonable solution. Evaluation of a mediation program should assess whether participants were satisfied with the outcome, what participants learned, whether mediator was successful in helping participants find an acceptable solution, mediator strengths and weaknesses, and whether disputants would participate in mediation again. A sample mediation session is included.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Program evaluation ; Conflict resolution ; Mediation ; Alternative dispute settlement ; Crime in schools ; Peer influences on behavior ; Juvenile crime control ; Violence prevention
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
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Type: Program/Project Description
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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