Mediation Strategies in the Face of Custody Conflicts

Gulbrandsen W, Haavind H, Tjersland OA. Mediation strategies in the face of custody conflicts. Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 2018;1–17. DOI/u/10.1002/crq.21241

Posted: 31 Jan 2019

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Wenke Gulbrandsen

University of Oslo - Department of Psychology

Hanne Haavind

University of Oslo - Department of Psychology

Odd Tjersland

University of Oslo - Department of Psychology

Date Written: December 4, 2018

Abstract

Systematic analyses of initiatives and responses from mediators working with parents in intense conflicts about child custody and care brought forward variations in effective strategies. The findings are presented along six dimensions: The topics that were addressed, how the agenda for the sessions was decided, focus on agreement vs relational topics, oral vs written orientation, limited vs generous time, and parental vs system focus. Effective mediators handled these dimensions with flexibility, recognized and validated both parents' perspectives, accepted and explored differences, differentiated topics, focused on relational issues when needed, tracked the process by written summaries, and encouraged testing solutions.

Suggested Citation

Gulbrandsen, Wenke and Haavind, Hanne and Tjersland, Odd, Mediation Strategies in the Face of Custody Conflicts (December 4, 2018). Gulbrandsen W, Haavind H, Tjersland OA. Mediation strategies in the face of custody conflicts. Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 2018;1–17. DOI/u/10.1002/crq.21241. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3319043

Wenke Gulbrandsen (Contact Author)

University of Oslo - Department of Psychology ( email )

N-0317 Oslo
Norway

Hanne Haavind

University of Oslo - Department of Psychology ( email )

N-0317 Oslo
Norway

Odd Tjersland

University of Oslo - Department of Psychology ( email )

N-0317 Oslo
Norway

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