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Room for me? — An analysis of whether mediation is a viable solution to school bullying.

Palmer, Angelique
June 4, 2015

Source: (2014) Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. 16:221-235.

This Article will review recent efforts to utilize mediation as a
solution to bullying, and evaluate whether common approaches to
its use and implementation have proven to be an effective solution
to the bullying epidemic. Part I of this Article provides an overview
of bullying and the current state of the problem in Americatoday. Part II discusses the current legal climate and underlying
motivations in legislative change and development. It goes on to
offer a synopsis of the state of the law and the scope of its reach to
address and remedy the problem of bullying. Part III offers an
overview of efforts made by schools to implement programming to
respond to and cure the problem of bullying. It also examines the
findings and results in research development in response to programming
that has been implemented to date, and whether the evidence
shows that current efforts are providing an effective solution
to the problem of bullying. Part IV assesses the results of empirical
research over the last decade and a half and re-visits the question
of whether mediation, mainly peer mediation, can still be considered
the solution to the problem of bullying. Part V argues that
mediation training and curriculum is an essential key to the solution
of bullying, and contends for its broader use and implementation
on a more uniform basis throughout schools. Part VI offers a
brief conclusion.(excerpt)


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