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Critical Review of Research Evidence of Parenting Coordination’s Effectiveness

Deutsch, R., Misca, Gabriela ORCID: 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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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 Discrete 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: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Gabriela Misca
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 15:35
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2020 12:19

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