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ERIC Number: ED549897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 215
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2673-2640-9
Mediators and Metaphorical Analysis: A Phenomenological Study of Florida Family Court Mediators
Storrow, Rebecca A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University
Florida family court mediation programs have typically been assessed with quantitative analysis. To understand the complexity of the experience of being a family mediator, it was necessary to explore how mediators practiced through qualitative research. Metaphors have been considered to be representations of mediators' mental models regarding conflict. Mediation has been defined in ways such as a "journey" or the "peeling of layers from an onion." Metaphorical analysis of the concepts that guided a group of Florida family court mediators provided insight into how they experienced their practice. Stage one produced a general understanding using statewide questionnaires of family mediators' conflict metaphors. Stage two included interviews of family court mediators. Findings revealed how these mediators defined their experiences based on metaphorical understandings. A phenomenological approach provided a rich understanding of the mediators' lived experiences and led to a more accurate picture of their metaphorical concepts, the systems within which they practiced, and opportunities for training. The family mediators used predominantly negative metaphors for conflict and parties, and positive ones for mediation and themselves. And, many private mediators used negative metaphors regarding court staff mediators' skill levels. The findings were underscored and presented as major categories and subcategories of metaphors including mediation as a "journey," "business," and "education." [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida