Restorative Conferencing Reduces Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms
A controlled study on the effects of restorative conferencing on victims of crime has shown that it reduces post-traumatic stress symptoms.
The study was performed by Dr Caroline M Angel, a lecturer in criminology at the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. As significant as it is unusual, the study took a clinical approach, finding that conferencing had measurable positive effects on the emotional health of victims of crime.
This 2006 story, by Abbey J Porter, provides information about the study, as well as comments from Dr Angel, a dual-doctorate recipient in nursing and criminology.