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NCJ Number: 118783 Find in a Library
Title: Charlottesville Mediation Project: Mediated and Litigated Child Custody Disputes
Journal: Mediation Quarterly  Issue:24  Dated:(Summer 1989)  Pages:3-18
Author(s): R E Emery; J A Jackson
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 16
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Charlottesville Mediation Project (CMP), a standardized court-based child custody mediation program begun in 1982, is described, and the initial results from a systematic study of parents' reactions to mediated and litigated custody dispute processes and settlements are reported.
Abstract: The majority of the families studies were seen by male-female mediation teams. The first mediation interview consists of an overview of rationales and procedures, the signing of a contract to mediate, parents' identification of issues to be resolved in mediation, the mediator's summarizing of areas of agreement and disagreement and an individual caucus with each parent, and the reframing of the dispute as a relationship problem. The second and subsequent mediation sessions are much less structured and more individualized. They followed the four-step problemsolving model of identifying, brainstorming, evaluating, and implementing. The CMP was evaluated by randomly assigning families to mediation or adversary settlement and then interviewing the parents about their satisfaction with the process. Consistent and statistically significant differences were reported between the mediation and litigation groups, with most differences favoring mediation. 1 figure, 26 references.
Main Term(s): Child custody; Mediation
Index Term(s): Dispute resolution; Virginia
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