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An evaluation of the Inafa’ Maolek’s mediation program and potential impact in resolution of child-custody cases on Guam.

Fleming, Pamela S.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) A Dissertation Presented in Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy. Capella University.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the mediation program that was conducted by
the Inafa’ Maolek Mediation Program and to determine whether this program assisted
with creating a satisfactory sustained mediation between conflicting parties involved in
child-custody cases. Participants (N = 38) were adults who agreed to volunteer and who
have gone through the Guam Superior Court System or the Inafa’ Maolek Mediation
Program. A control group consisted of participants (N = 70) who did not go through the
Inafa’ Maolek Mediation Program. All individuals participated in surveys while the
experimental group also voluntarily participated in individual interviews. The
implications of the study were that this will assist in determining whether mediation
programs increased or decreased participant satisfaction and whether the mediations were
sustained. A mixed methodology (quantitative and qualitative) assessed and evaluated
the Inafa’ Maolek Mediation Program in Hagatna, Guam, which was for participants who
voluntarily had their child-custody cases mediated by the Inafa’ Maolek Mediation
Program. The researcher failed to reject six of the hypotheses for the Inafa’ Maolek
Mediation Program and failed to reject seven of the hypotheses for the Erica’s House
Program. (author’s abstract)


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