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NCJ Number: 118367 Find in a Library
Title: Family Mediation: An Idea Whose Time Has Come (From Counseling the Adolescent: Individual, Family, and School Interventions, P 135-158, 1988, Jon Carlson and Judith Lewis: eds. -- See NCJ-118364)
Author(s): C H Huber; J B Mascari; A Sanders-Mascari
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Love Publishing Co
Denver, CO 80222
Sale Source: Love Publishing Co
1777 S Bellaire Street
Denver, CO 80222
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using the mediation process for settling family disputes fosters a cooperative sharing of power that results in positively transformed rather than negatively severed relationships.
Abstract: Mediation is a form of negotiation and conflict resolution in which the disputing parties are aided by a third party in making mutual decisions. Mediation provides for an examination of and resolution of the factors underlying a conflict. The procedural structure orders the mediation process, and the value structure establishes basic ethical standards of fairness to be followed during mediation. The psychological structure creates a setting wherein the physical and emotional needs of family members are sufficiently met so they can make optimal use of their decisionmaking capabilities. The mediator's role is to clarify communication, identify overlapping interest, and reinforce cooperative interactions. The mediator neither imposes nor constructs a resolution to the family conflict, but rather facilitates the interaction of the disputants so they can determine their own method of resolving the conflict. The mediation process followed by the authors has the 10 steps of referral, orientation and clarification, identification of principles and prioritization of demands, initial demands, early bargaining, investigating options, narrowing differences and trading, tentative agreement and revisions, memorandum of understanding, and termination and followup. 4 tables, 2 figures, 16 references, appended ethical principles of family mediation.
Main Term(s): Mediation
Index Term(s): Conflict resolution; Family counseling; Family crisis
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