Mandatory Mediation Outside the Court: A Process and Effect Study

Tjersland, O., Gulbrandsen, W. and Haavind, H. (2015), Mandatory Mediation outside the Court: A Process and Effect Study. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 33: 19–34. doi: 10.1002/crq.21129

Posted: 18 Oct 2015

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Odd Tjersland

University of Oslo - Department of Psychology

Wenke Gulbrandsen

University of Oslo - Department of Psychology

Hanne Haavind

University of Oslo - Department of Psychology

Date Written: June 19, 2015

Abstract

In a study of 154 couples in precourt mandatory mediation in Norway, a majority of the thirty-eight high-conflict (HC) cases left the mediation after two sessions and without any agreements. Eighteen months later, five of ten HC couples were still without an agreement. With seven sessions available free of charge, the mediation system seems to fail at helping the HC cases. The authors discuss some of the challenges that are attached to a mandatory mediation system. One explanation seems to be the attempt to fulfill several ambitions with the same intervention. Some ideas for improvement of the system are introduced.

Keywords: mandatory mediation, norway, high-conflict, couple, intervention, process, effect

Suggested Citation

Tjersland, Odd and Gulbrandsen, Wenke and Haavind, Hanne, Mandatory Mediation Outside the Court: A Process and Effect Study (June 19, 2015). Tjersland, O., Gulbrandsen, W. and Haavind, H. (2015), Mandatory Mediation outside the Court: A Process and Effect Study. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 33: 19–34. doi: 10.1002/crq.21129. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2669550

Odd Tjersland (Contact Author)

University of Oslo - Department of Psychology ( email )

N-0317 Oslo
Norway

Wenke Gulbrandsen

University of Oslo - Department of Psychology ( email )

N-0317 Oslo
Norway

Hanne Haavind

University of Oslo - Department of Psychology ( email )

N-0317 Oslo
Norway

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