Resolving conflict between farmers and creditors: An analysis of the farmer-creditor mediation process


  • Mary P. van Hook

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    • Mary P. Van Hook is assistant professor at the School of Social Work, University of Michigan. She has experience in the field of rural mental health.


A recent study shows that mediation can be a relatively effective way of resolving the serious tensions between farmers and creditors brought about by the recent economic crisis in rural areas. Farmers, creditors, and mediators have somewhat different perspectives on what contributes to effectiveness in this process. Mediators must be able to use a variety of intervention techniques and respond to the difficulties created by the severe tension between the disputing parties, their different levels of experience with the mediation process, and the potential costs arising from the outcome.