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Mediation Tactics: A Comparison of Field and Laboratory Research1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 25, Issue 17, pages 1530–1546, September 1995
How to Cite
Esser, J. K. and Marriott, R. G. (1995), Mediation Tactics: A Comparison of Field and Laboratory Research. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 25: 1530–1546. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1995.tb02631.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
This article responds to a concern that laboratory experiments, relative to field research, are poorly suited for the study of mediation. An overview of the study of mediation is presented. Methods of field and laboratory research on mediation are described. Then the issue of the generalizability of laboratory research to field settings is discussed. Finally, the results of field and laboratory research on mediation tactics are compared. Most research on when mediators choose to use specific tactics has been field research, but the few laboratory studies have provided comparable results. Both laboratory and field research have been employed to determine the effectiveness of mediation tactics in helping the parties to settle the dispute and fairly consistent results have been obtained across these settings. We conclude that laboratory experiments on mediation should not be considered inferior to field research methods, but rather should be considered complementary.