Sustainable Peer Mediation Programs: What Ensures Success or Failure?

  Author Kathryn Turk, M.A.  Communities and cities across the U.S. are experiencing increased violence not just in workplaces, shopping malls, and places of worship, but, unfortunately also in schools (Hart & Gunty, 1997; Johnson, Dudley, Ward & Magnuson, 1995; Pastorino, 1997).  The last 100 years have been labeled the most bloody in history by the United Nations Development Programme; more than 90% of casualties were civilians (Cheldelin, Druckman, Fast, & Clements, 2003).  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2011) reported 1 in 10 people across the globe…

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