Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

15 p.

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Source Publication

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Source ISSN

0163-4372

Original Item ID

doi: 10.1080/01634372.2013.777684; PubMed Central: PMCID 4036675

Abstract

Mediation is a process through which a third party facilitates discussion among disputing parties to help them identify interests and ideally reach an amicable solution. Elder mediation is a growing subspecialty to address conflicts involving older adults, primarily involving caregiving or finances. Mediation is theorized to empower participants but critics argue that it can exacerbate power imbalances among parties and coerce consensus. These contested claims are examined through study of a national caregiver mediation demonstration project. Study implications underscore the importance of gerontological social work expertise to ensure the empowerment of vulnerable older adults in mediation sessions.

Comments

Accepted version. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Vol. 56, No. 5 (2013): 423-437. DOI. © Taylor & Francis (Routledge) 2013. Used with permission.

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