A critique of private sessions in family mediation

Journal article

Bowen, Don. (2013). A critique of private sessions in family mediation. SAGE Open. 3(1), pp. 1 - 7. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244013478950
AuthorsBowen, Don

This study represents a critical examination of private sessions (caucuses), seen as a sub-process within the core family mediation process and defined as involving separate and confidential conversations between mediator(s) and each disputant during the main session. In the study, the views of family mediators were explored revealing that considerable support for the use of the tool was juxtaposed with a range of fundamental ethical concerns. Emerging from the study is strong evidence of coercive practice as an inherent component of caucusing thus posing a challenge to the positive benefits.

Keywordsfamily mediation; mediation ethics; private sessions; caucus
JournalSAGE Open
Journal citation3 (1), pp. 1 - 7
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244013478950
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84883207886
Open accessOpen access
Page range1 - 7
Research GroupSchool of Arts
Publisher's version
Place of publicationUnited States
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