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.

Shared Parenting and Sole Custody: A Complex Comparative Analysis

Shared parenting and sole custody: A complex comparative analysis


From an overview of the shared parenting literature (Chapter 6), we turn to our original research. To place it in context, consider that the history of research in divorce and child custody has been one of successive refinement and differentiation. As seen in Chapter 2, early divorce research was consumed with the issue of the pathological consequences of divorce. This monolithic view (Sprenkle & Cyrus, 1983) rationalized research that was primarily cross-sectional and unidimensional (Clingempeel & Reppucci, 1982). More recent efforts have come to see divorce as a complex phenomenon. Consequently, differential analyses have become the order of the day, with research characterized by multidimensional explorations of subgroups ...

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