How Men Experience Family Dispute Resolution Mediation

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dc.contributor.advisor Mark Henaghan Zubery, Nurit 2021-06-29T04:08:33Z 2021-06-29T04:08:33Z 2021 en
dc.description.abstract Family mediation is mandatory in New Zealand since 2014 for disputes between separating parents regarding contact and day-to-day care of their children. This study aims to examine the experiences of fathers at family-mediation in an open, non-directive way. The study used qualitative, semi-structured interviews with 13 fathers who attended family mediation. The interviews revealed a highly challenging post-separation period for fathers as they battle through severe grief combined with confusing societal messages about fatherhood. The devaluation of fatherhood surfaced as a pervasive theme prevalent with mothers and mediators, as well as with fathers themselves. The most prominent experience that transpired in the interviews was gender-based bias and a strong feeling of powerlessness as fathers perceive mothers as holding absolute power in the mediation. Most fathers could see the potential in mediation and appreciated working together as parents to maximise the wellbeing of their children. Yet, the full potential of mediation has not been fulfilled for most. Implications for mediators include the need to understand and respect fathers, as well as the need for reflective practice, especially around gender-bias and gender-power issues. Mediators can contribute to the improvement of family-mediation by supporting the new fatherhood model thus enabling the full potential of family-mediation through more engagement of fathers.
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dc.title How Men Experience Family Dispute Resolution Mediation
dc.type Thesis en Laws The University of Auckland en Masters en 2021-06-28T04:51:23Z
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