A mentalizing-based approach to family mediation: harnessing our fundamental capacity to resolve conflict and building an evidence-based practice for the field
Place of Publication
New Jersey USA
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Arts and Humanities
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.