Title

A mentalizing-based approach to family mediation: harnessing our fundamental capacity to resolve conflict and building an evidence-based practice for the field

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Place of Publication

New Jersey USA

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

19894

Comments

Originally published as: Howieson, J., & Priddis, L. (2015). A mentalizing-based approach to family mediation: harnessing our fundamental capacity to resolve conflict and building an evidence-based practice for the field. Family Court Review: an interdisciplinary journal, 53(1), 79-95. Original article available here

Abstract

This article presents the results of a research study into mentalizing in family mediation. The study employed a mixed-method approach, which included quantitative and qualitative empirical analysis of mediation transcripts and postmediation surveys. The research identified that, when the mediators adopted a mentalizing stance to facilitate the parties to engage their mentalizing capacities and in particular, to mentalize for the child, the mediation process became more constructive and meaningful. The article makes reommendations for incorporating a mentalizing-based approach into the research and education of mediation and building an evidence-based practice for the field.

DOI

10.1111/fcre.12132