Peer mediation has been proposed as a means to reduce violence within our schools and improve conflict resolution skills. In this study, peer mediation's effect on short-term suspensions for fighting, both aggregate and individual, was examined. Qualitative data was gathered from student mediators in one school to assess their views of and experiences with mediation. Records kept by two mediation programs were analyzed as well. The number of short-term suspensions for fighting in four urban middle schools was analyzed for 62 middle school students given short-term suspensions for fighting and subsequently mediated within the 1996-97 school year. Significant reductions in overall short-term suspension rates were found for three of the four schools. Using a paired t-test, no significant effect for mediation was found for individual short-term suspensions.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Student suspension; Mediation
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Psychology (CLA)
Sharp, Alison, "Effect of peer mediation program on short-term suspensions" (1998). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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