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Critical Review of Research Evidence of Parenting Coordination’s Effectiveness

Deutsch, R. and Misca, Gabriela and Ajoku, C. (2018) Critical Review of Research Evidence of Parenting Coordination’s Effectiveness. Family Court Review, 56 (1). pp. 119-134. ISSN 1531-2445 Online: 1744-1617

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Abstract

Parenting coordination (PC) has been in use since the mid-1980s, but research on its effectiveness is sorely lacking. We review the extant research organized by three themes: (1) parenting coordinators’ perceptions of their role and function; (2) professionals’ and parents’ views and perceptions of PC; and (3) outcomes of PC, including some measures of effectiveness of the PC process. While these studies provide some insight into PC effectiveness, there is still a lack of research that uses objective out- come measures of efficacy and that considers characteristics of the co-parent dyad, personality difficulties, or the professional discipline of the parenting coordinator. Future research recommendations are discussed. Key Points for practitioners • While parenting coordination (PC) is perceived by professionals to be effective, the research on PC effectiveness is limited by a small number of studies of variable quality; therefore there is no robust evidence of its effectiveness in practice. • There is a need for research on PC effectiveness that considers parent engagement, conflict level, and personality variables as well as professional discipline of the parenting coordinator. • While the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts and the American Psychological Association guidelines provide a model for PC practice, there is a distinct lack of theoretical underpinning of the PC practice. • It is imperative for professionals and researchers to collaborate toward the development of a unified theoretical model to inform the PC role and practice, which in turn will allow objective assessment of its effectiveness.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: alternative dispute resolution, co-parenting, divorce, high conflict, parenting coordination, parenting coordinator
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Gabriela Misca
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 15:35
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2018 11:35
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6184

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