Emphasize Conflict Resolution Skills

Outcome

Externalizing Behavior

Intervention Family

Skill-Building Interventions

Emphasize Conflict Resolution Skills

Children and youth who have not developed the ability to manage and resolve interpersonal conflicts occurring at school, home, and in their communities may be more likely to engage in aggressive responses to such conflicts. Including specific training in conflict resolution skills as part of a skill-building intervention, such as mediation, negotiating with peers, and collaborative problem solving, may help mitigate these problems. Peer-to-peer interventions are another common way to build conflict resolution skills, which may also help drive changes in school climate. In these situations, peers in a potentially conflicted relationship are equipped with the same vocabulary and skill sets to engage with each other in a safer, more appropriate way.