How Ex-Spouses (and Parents) Communicate in Family Mediation

TitleHow Ex-Spouses (and Parents) Communicate in Family Mediation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsChiarolanza C
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published10/2020
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
Keywordsconflict, coparenting, Family mediation, RMICS, separation

Communicate in a constructive way is a challenging topic for dyads who are involved in close relationships. This behavior is more difficult in separated cou-ples where it is possible to find anger and resentment for the past behaviors. Ex-spouses (and parents) could be involved in a continuous conflict and this has a huge impact on own and their children health. In this study, we analyzed twenty-four meetings of Family Mediation, utilizing Rapid Marital Interaction Coding System (RMICS). Analysis of conflict during first meeting in Family Mediation revealed the existence of a negative reciprocity between parents. Results put in evidence a pattern maternal dysphoric affect – paternal self-disclosure which reveals as Self plays a significant role in conflict dysregula-tion. Limitations and future directions as they pertain to research, practice, and consultation are discussed.