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.

Resource themes: 
Health, Mental health
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Policy and research