Evaluation of the peacemakers program: School-based violence prevention for students in grades four through eight
Article first published online: 28 DEC 2001
Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Psychology in the Schools
Volume 39, Issue 1, pages 87–100, January 2002
How to Cite
Shapiro, J. P., Burgoon, J. D., Welker, C. J. and Clough, J. B. (2002), Evaluation of the peacemakers program: School-based violence prevention for students in grades four through eight. Psychol. Schs., 39: 87–100. doi: 10.1002/pits.10040
- Issue published online: 28 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 28 DEC 2001
This study evaluated the violence prevention effects of The Peacemakers Program, a school-based intervention for students in grades four through eight. The program includes a primary prevention component delivered by teachers and a remedial component implemented by school psychologists and counselors with referred students. The teacher-delivered component consists of a psychoeducational curriculum and procedures for infusing program content into the school environment. The study included almost 2,000 students in an urban public school system, with pre- and post-program assessment and comparison to a control group. There were significant, positive program effects on six of the seven variables assessed, including knowledge of psychosocial skills, self-reported aggression, and teacher-reported aggression, with a 41% decrease in aggression-related disciplinary incidents and a 67% reduction in suspensions for violent behavior. On some outcome variables, intervention effects were stronger for boys than girls and for middle school compared to upper elementary school students. © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.