Conflict resolution training as an alternative to suspension for violent behavior

Douglas C Breunlin*, Rocco A. Cimmarusti, Tara L. Bryant-edwards, Joshua S. Hetherington

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The authors discuss a conflict resolution skills training program that is offered as an alternative to out-of-school suspension and pilot data regarding the program's effectiveness in reducing acts of physical violence (fighting) among high school students. A description of the program is provided as well as results of a pre- and postintervention comparison of students suspended for physical violence who did and did not receive conflict resolution skills training. A statistically significant difference was observed between groups regarding expulsions, with the group of students going through the program receiving no expulsions. Although no other statistically significant findings were observed, several interesting trends are noted. For example, at postintervention, all students who completed the program were 4 times less likely to receive another out-of-school suspension for fighting. Also, students who completed the program received fewer postintervention disciplinary acts from the school than those who did not complete the program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-357
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Educational Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


  • Alternative to suspension
  • Conflict resolution training
  • School-based research
  • Youth violence prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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