This article is written by a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky conducting a study on models of helping couples stay married from mediators’ perspectives including assumptions informing their practices.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky are inviting mediators involved in working with conflicting couples to participate to a qualitative study. Participation will consist of answering some general questions online and then being contacted for an internet in-depth interview on your practice of helping conflicting couples. The purpose of this study is to explore theories and practices that marriage mediators have found helpful or problematic including what informs their practices.
The survey is available here. We hope that this study and the results of it will add valuable information to the marital mediation field.
Djidjoho Christel Gnonhosssou is a PhD candidate in Family Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Her interests are in family processes, i.e, couples relationship dynamic, marital conflict, marriage and family mediation in West Africa, among African immigrants, and in the United States. She was the 2014 award winner with her husband (Segbegnon Gnonhossou) with the Lexington Leadership Foundation in Kentucky in recognition of their practical work in marriage enrichment. Her passion for understanding family cultural values and practices led her to research on traditional patterns of mate selection in Benin, west Africa and recently on post-immigration marital conflict among African immigrants in central Kentucky. She graduated with a Master in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Fresno Pacific University in California and a Master in Christian Education from Asbury Theological seminary in Kentucky. She is from the Republic of Benin in West Africa where she studied Communication and Linguistic Sciences.