Frame convergence during conflict mediation

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2006-05

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VanCamp, Camilia Rose, 1980-

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This thesis first evaluates the communicative concepts of framing and accommodation and then develops three hypotheses regarding the relationships between dominant frame convergence, issue frame convergence, and agreements during conflict mediations. Subsequently it examines ten mediations from a mediation and facilitation clinic located at a large university in the southwest to investigate the suggestions proposed in the three hypotheses. Findings reveal that there is a positive relationship between dominant frame convergence and agreement, issue frame convergence and agreement, and dominant frame convergence and issue frame convergence. Finally implications for both mediation practice and research are summarized.

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