Source: (2002) Child and Adolescent Social Work 8(2):141-153.

This article discusses the use of mediation techniques for young people in a family, school, neighborhood and justice systems. Umbreit provides a basic definition of mediation, considers its strengths and limitations, and identifies some key characteristics of youth mediation programs in different states. He then discusses critical issues facing the development of these applications of mediation, and considers the problems of imbalance of power and mediation skills, coercive vs. voluntary mediation, and the possibilities of net widening and negative labeling.