Disputant storytelling in divorce mediation Public Deposited

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  • This paper investigates the nature of disputants' stories within the context of divorce mediation. Tapes and transcripts of actual mediation sessions from three different sources are scrutinized, utilizing a modified form of conversation analysis known as ethnography of speaking. Several themes emerge from this analysis of disputants' stories: the functions of stories, recurring types of stories, mediator responses to disputant's stories, and the significance of storytelling order. The data show several functions for disputant's stories: venting, controlling, bringing in outside interests, and speaking on behalf of the children. Types of disputant's stories identified include conjoint, matter-of-fact, and emotion-laden stories. Mediator responses to disputants' stories can take the form of soliciting a story, suppressing a story, or refereeing between stories. Analysis of the data reveals that disputant's stories serve two essential purposes: information exchange, and emotional release. Findings indicate that storytelling order is not as significant as shown in previous research, and that disputants' stories often overlook the needs and interests of the children.
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