Subjective Vulnerability: The Role of Disempowerment in the Utilization of Mediation Services by Women in a Northeastern Town of the United States, 1989-1990 (ICPSR 6357)

Published: Mar 30, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
Terrell A. Northrup; Marshall H. Segall

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This collection investigates gender differences as they relate to interpersonal conflict and feelings of vulnerability that arise in the conflict process. In Phase 1 of the study, 52 female and 48 male clients of a neighborhood mediation center were assessed on the number and kinds of strategies they utilized in dealing with conflicts before they consulted the mediation center, their feelings about the services rendered, the concerns, fears, and other affective states experienced in relation to their disputes, their feelings about the outcomes, to what they attributed success or failure, and how they felt gender had affected the conflicts. Phase 2 of the study was implemented as a follow-up to determine the generalizability of the findings of Phase 1. Respondents from the same geographic area in which the subjects in Phase 1 were drawn were assessed on three areas of concern in relation to a hypothetical conflict: feelings of vulnerability, aspects of mediation that seemed desirable to them, and concerns they might have if they were to use mediation services.

Northrup, Terrell A., and Segall, Marshall H. Subjective Vulnerability: The Role of Disempowerment in the Utilization of Mediation Services by Women in a Northeastern Town of the United States, 1989-1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-03-30.

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Fund for Research on Dispute Resolution (G1-88-02)

1989-06 -- 1990-08

1989 -- 1990

Phase 1: 100 adult clients of a neighborhood mediation center. Phase 2: 100 adult residents of a town in the northeastern United States, randomly selected from the phone book from the five most predominant ZIP codes of the subjects in Phase 1.

Phase 1: Clients of voluntary neighborhood mediation centers that deal with interpersonal conflicts such as landlord-tenant, employer-employee, divorce, family, neighbor, and consumer-business disputes. Phase 2: Adult residents of a town in the northeastern United States.

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