Participation in victim-offender mediation and the prevalence of subsequent delinquent behavior: A meta-analysis

William R. Nugent, Mona Williams, Mark S. Umbreit

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Abstract

Objective: This article reports the results of a meta-analytic study of the relationship between participation in victim-offender mediation (VOM) and the prevalence of subsequent delinquent behavior. Method: Analyses were conducted with the results of 15 studies, conducted at 19 different sites, with a sample of 9,307juveniles. Results: The results suggested that methodological factors explained all the significant variation across sites and studies in the magnitude of the difference between non-VOM and VOM groups in their reoffense prevalence. The odds of VOM participants were only about .70 as great as the odds of nonparticipants reoffending. Conclusion: The results support the efforts of social workers to advocate for, develop, and participate in VOM programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-416
Number of pages9
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2004

Keywords

  • Meta-analysis
  • Restorative justice
  • Victim-offender mediation
  • Victim-offender reconciliation

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