As divorce rates rise, family mediation represents an alternative way of making settlements without involving an already overburdened judicial system. This book presents a discussion of the current North American trends in the burgeoning field of family mediation by featuring both a review of the literature and a model for family mediation practice. The practice model presented here, Therapeutic Family Mediation, stresses an ecological perspective, and considers the feminist critique of the mediation process. The authors also address mediation's role in the important issues of joint custody, ethnicity, and child protection. Future directions in family mediation are examined in the final part.

Research in Family Mediation: An Integrative Review

Research in family mediation: An integrative review


For family mediation practitioners, research is useful both as a reality check and a guide to practice. The dedication required of the practitioner is such that it creates a bias favoring belief in one's own efficacy. Conversely, of late family mediation has been the focus of much criticism (Benjamin & Irving, 1992; Bryan, 1994). In both cases, research relates opinions to facts, confronting practitioners with the outcomes of their efforts and forcing critics to acknowledge the successes as well as failures of mediation.

That said, an overview of that expanding literature is not readily available. Although several collections of such research have been published recently (Folberg & Milne, 1988; Kelly, 1989a; Kressel & ...

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