Power imbalance in divorce and interpersonal mediation: Assessment and intervention


  • Joan B. Kelly

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    • Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D., is executive director of the Northern California Mediation Center, Corte Madera. She is former president of the Academy of Family Mediators and the Northern California Mediation Association and serves on the board of directors of the California Dispute Besolution Council.


This article explores the nature of power and power imbalance in interpersonal relationships and presents a framework for assessing conditions that create the potential for unequal power in mediation. A variety of mediator interventions are discussed that may empower disputants when power differentials threaten the integrity of the mediation process and outcomes.