Family Mediation and Divorce: A Case Study


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Family Mediation and Divorce: A Case Study
The conflict in the family known to me was as follows. The Husband (H) worked at a fairly demanding job as a postdoctoral researcher, which often required him to spend 50-60 hours a week on his university’s campus, conducting experiments and otherwise fulfilling his postdoc requirements. The Wife (W) was stay-at-home mother to a toddler Girl (G) of two. G had been identified as having some language delay problems, and had begun to work with a speech pathologist in order to speed up language acquisition. W became very worried that G had autism or some other developmental problem, and focused all her energy on conducting language exercises with G in order to speed up G’s development. W tried to...
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.....simply didn’t have the emotional wherewithal to understand what was happening, and the temptation of work was too strong for him; mediation could have helped him see the legitimate reasons for his wife’s upset, and re-integrated him into the family system on healthy terms. To me, it seemed as if H had made a classic first marriage mistake (Clarke-Stewart & Brentano 2007, p. 214) rooted in inexperience, and that guidance and mediation could have made up for that inexperience. Sadly, we will never know.
Clarke, A. & Brentano, C. (2007). Divorce: causes and consequences. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press
Taylor, A. (2002). The handbook of family dispute resolution, mediation theory and practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass