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Facts About Peer Mediation

According to Leah Jones- Bamman, the Chair of the Peer Mediation Standards Committee of the Association for Conflict Resolution:

  • As of 1995 there were aproximately 5,000 Peer Mediation Programs in the country. However, because there is no way to count the programs and there has been a large growth of the use of peer mediation programs the number is closer to the tens of thousands.
  • Students can begin working with a peer mediation program as early as the 3rd grade and need at least 10-20 hours of training in order for the program to be effective. 
  • Benefits to using a Peer Mediation Program:
    • The ability to prevent low level conflicts from escalating 
    • Provides a safe environment for young people to solve their problems with help of a third party.
    • The ability to improve communication with students, teachers, administration, and staff members. 
    • Promotes citizenship qualities
    •  Students begin to acknowledge and accept consequences
    • Students may be more likely to talk to someone their own age over their teacher because they would have an understanding of their perspective
    • Peers are less threatening than authority figures
    • Through listening to others students are able to learn skills to live in the multicultural world we live in
Statistics About Peer Meditation
  • Peer mediation programs are very successful when students are trained effectively--
    • 58%-93%  of the time success was achieved. Success is measured if agreement was reached and maintained
  • A 36% reduction of school wide general distruptive behavior, this includes fighting, verbal abuse, and arguments
  • Two studies have shown that peer mediation have reduced 75 and 25% of the occurances of suspensions
(American, 2007)
(Delisio, 2007)