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Barriers to Mediation Poll

Eugene, Oregon March 5, 2002

What are the barriers to mediation? Based upon a poll, the greatest barriers to mediation center on lack of knowledge about mediation and the unwillingness of other participants to mediate.

Notably, the cost of mediation and the time commitment for mediation were not viewed as major barriers.

Aspects recognized as “big barriers” in rank order are as follow:

Percent Finding “Big Barrier”

  • Lack of Knowledge About Mediation – 46%
  • Other Party(ies) Not Willing to Mediate – 43%
  • Hostility of the Other Party(ies) – 33%
  • Difficulty Accessing Quality Services – 21%
  • The Cost of Mediation – 17%
  • Time Commitment – 13%

This poll is located at


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