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NCJ Number: 98961 Find in a Library
Title: Parent-Child Mediation - Four States, Four Models
Journal: Mediation Quarterly  Issue:7  Dated:(March 1985)  Pages:35-45
Author(s): W P Phear
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 11
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes and compares four programs designed to mediate disputes involving children and their parents as well as other adults such as teachers, therapists, and social workers.
Abstract: The programs considered are the Children's Hearings Project in Cambridge, Mass.; the Children's Aid Society's PINS Mediation Project in New York, N.Y.; the Exeter Mediation Program in Exeter, N.H.; and the Connecticut Superior Courts Family Division. The general mediation model used by all four programs is the same. A mediation session is scheduled after an intake and orientation process that prepares the family for mediation. The mediation process consists of a public session involving all parties, caucuses in which the mediator meets with each party, and the establishment of agreements between the parties. Most programs follow up after the agreement to help with referrals and monitor the effectiveness of the agreement's implementation. Some programs use a team of two mediators; others use one. The number of mediation sessions varies among the programs. All four programs respect the confidentiality of the process within legally mandated limits. The programs are compared according to philosophy, sponsorship, program models, mediators, training, agreements, and participant satisfaction. Tables present data from the programs, and seven references are listed.
Index Term(s): Conflict resolution; Connecticut; Domestic relations; Family crisis; Massachusetts; Mediation; Mediation training; New Hampshire; New York; Program design
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