Divorce mediation: The impact of mediation on the psychological well-being of children and parents

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Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Malvern House

Abstract

This study evaluated levels of psychological distress experienced by children (aged 4-16) and parents at the beginning of and one month after mediation for child-related disputes. In contrast to previous research, this study employed both child-and parent-reports of child outcome. Mediation was associated with reductions in child-reported, though not parent-reported, child psychological distress and with reductions in parent-reports of their own psychological distress. The negotiation of successful agreements in mediation was not related to improved psychological well-being of family members. The difficulties encountered (i.e. small numbers, low response rate) render the results tentative. Implications of the findings for future research are discussed.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-46
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Volume9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999

Keywords

  • Children, Divorce mediation, Family, Family mediation, Mental health, Parents