Predictors of divorcing women’s use of divorce mediation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-52
Journal / PublicationJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999


This study examined the relations between perceived usefulness of mediation, problem susceptibility, mental health conditions, availability of social support, and the likelihood of using divorce mediation service. The sample comprised 124 divorcing women in Hong Kong who sought legal aid to settle matrimonial issues. A large proportion of participants indicated their willingness to use mediation. Logistic regression showed that likely users have higher appreciation of the helpfulness of the service, have poorer mental health, and to some extent, receive lower levels of social support from informal sources. Susceptibility to housing, finance, and child-care problems is not a significant predictor. The results strongly suggest the importance of promoting mediation services to the people in need. © 1999 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Divorce, Divorce mediation, Health-belief model, Help-seeking, Social support