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The alternatives to violence project in Namibia : an investigation of the effects of the basic workshops on the participants

Endler, D. (2009) The alternatives to violence project in Namibia : an investigation of the effects of the basic workshops on the participants.

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Abstract:The objective of the thesis was to investigate the effects of the basic workshops of the Alternatives to Violence Project in Namibia on the participants. This was done on request of the P.E.A.C.E. Centre in Windhoek, Namibia. For P.E.A.C.E., which is facilitating the Alternatives to Violence Project, this was relevant because it ensures the quality of the workshops and gives suggestions for further implementation. A structured questionnaire was set up in order to assess the participant’s opinions and experiences of the programme, if the participants improved in self-reflection and if the participants practiced affirmation, built more community, improved their communication skills and resolved more conflicts non-violently. Changes in attitude, intention and behaviour were examined. The questionnaire consisted of quantitative and qualitative questions. It was filled out by 20 former workshop participants. The results showed an overall positive picture of the effects on the participants. Participants understood what the Alternatives to Violence Project is about and appreciated the programme. The quantitative data suggested that most participants improved in self-reflection, practiced affirmation, built more community, improved their communication skills and resolved more conflicts non-violently after attending the workshop. The qualitative data supported these findings but suggests that building more community must be considered with some caution. The results indicated that the workshops had affected the participant’s attitudes, intentions and behaviours. Although the results should be interpreted with some caution they suggest that implementation of the basic workshops should be continued
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/59067
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