Editor's Introduction

Published date01 March 2016
AuthorSusan S. Raines
Date01 March 2016
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© 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the Association for Confl ict Resolution
Published online in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com) • DOI: 10.1002/crq.21161
This edition of CRQ provides critical practical knowledge for those
working in the fi elds of dispute and confl ict resolution. Every article
contains immediately applicable information to help mediation program
administrators, health care providers, humanitarian intervention special-
ists, and trainers around the world.
In their contribution, Sikveland and Stokoe provide guidance to medi-
ation centers and mediators seeking to increase the uptake of parties will-
ing to try mediation to address their disputes. It is not uncommon for one
side to ask for voluntary mediation while the other side declines.  e ways
in which mediation staff respond to the questions of disputants can have a
signifi cant impact on the willingness of parties to give mediation a try.  is
information has the potential to impact the work of mediation program
administrators globally.
Confl ict in health care settings is ubiquitous. Resources and tempers
are often short, as teams of care providers seek to ensure the highest level
of care in high pressure environments. Kim et al. share a conceptual map
of the sources of confl ict in health care settings, while making some sug-
gestions about confl ict prevention based on this deeper understanding of
where confl ict comes from and how it impacts patient care.
Peer mediation in K–12 schools is not new, yet the impacts of those
programs are often unclear or limited. In their study, DeVoogd et al. exam-
ine some of the direct and indirect impacts of peer mediation eff orts on
everything from student achievement to school climate based on a sample
of schools in central California.  is study adds depth to the fi eld’s knowl-
edge of program design elements and the potential for achieving laudable
results for kids and schools.
e ight of Karen refugees in and around Burma/Myanmar has been
in the media over the last few years. In his article, Al Fuertes shares nar-
ratives and conceptual frameworks employed by Karen refugees to make
sense of their experiences and eff orts to navigate the complex map of
resources and interventions provided by humanitarian and peacebuilding
organizations working to assist them.

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