Source: (2005) Action Research Project. Master of Science in Education. Education Department. Southwest Minnesota State University. Marshall, Minnesota.

This research project examined the effects of restorative justice, a philosophy of restoring harm created by an offender to a victim, on aggressive behaviors, self-esteem, and the value of community and one’s self in a community of eight teenage girls in a group home in West Central Minnesota. Each of the residents was given a survey four times in a six-month period, followed by a final focus group discussion. Analysis of the data was based on descriptive statistics ran on the survey data and the qualitative data collected in the focus group. The findings of the study revealed a decrease in aggressive behaviors and some changes in self-esteem and community value. Results of this study will provide relevant information for anyone using or analyzing the effects of using restorative justice with teenage girls. (author’s abstract)