Peer Mediation

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Peer Mediation

Mediation is alternative dispute resolution (ADR), it is used to resolve a disagreement between parties. A peer mediator is someone in the same age group as the parties, or other strong similarities. Such as all being students at the same school, or all being equal levels in a business. As a peer mediator they can relate to the parties having the disagreement better than an outsider could. So ideally they would be able to be more successful in mediation.

Peer Mediation Approaches

Approaches to peer mediation first include choosing a peer mediator that is neutral and can remain neutral during mediation. Peer mediation had long term positive benefits on schools. This happens by promoting social cohesion, they facilitate the development of protective factors that create positive school climates.[1] Through the National Healthy School Standard (Department for Education and Skills, 2004) highlights the significance of this form of approach to lowering bullying levels and promoting pupil achievement.[2]

Peer Mediation Results

When peer mediation was used in schools there was a reduction in crime in schools, counselor and administrator time in dealing with student enhanced, self-esteem, better attendance, and development of leadership and problem-solving skills on the part of students. Such conflict resolution programs have increased in schools 40% since 1991.[3]


  1. Cremin (2007, p. 119)
  2. Noaks, J, & Noaks, L 2009, School-based peer mediation as a strategy for social inclusion, Pastoral Care In Education, 27, 1, 53-61
  3. Gerber, S 1999, 'Does peer mediation really work?', Professional School Counseling, 2, 3, 169