Intervention Critique: PeaceBuilders
PeaceBuilders (2003) describes their program as a research-validated violence prevention
program for youth.
It is approved by the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Act.
It is also a
comprehensive program with the goal to change the entire climate of a classroom, school, etc. to
one that is a peaceful, productive, and safe place for children, teenagers, parents, staff, and
Managed by PeacePartners, Inc., and located in Long Beach, California, PeaceBuilders
addresses the issue of aggression and violence among children at school and at home as well as
risk factors that have been known to predict violence, bullying, and drug and tobacco use.
PeaceBuilders is a science-based program which means that it was created by a team of
psychologists and education professionals who applied the proven findings of other research
studies to this method with success.
In addition, it is a research-validated program which
indicates that after the program was implemented research was done to measure the program’s
impact on children’s lives and whether or not those findings were significant.
PeaceBuilders is also based on brain science and the levels of different hormones and
neurotransmitters in the brain (PeaceBuilders, 2003).
Of PeaceBuilders’ many goals, one is to teach adults how to create a safe and positive
environment for all children.
The program is specifically designed to be able to be integrated
into a daily routine.
PeaceBuilders identifies specific risk factors and explains how to manage
them with simple techniques (PeaceBuilders, 2003).
It enables adults to reinforce and model
behaviors at school, home, and in public places (Embry, Flannery, Vazsonyi, Powell & Atha,
The program attempts to change the characteristics of a setting that trigger aggressive and