Find Mediators Near You:

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


Managing Editor In business since 1996, is the world’s leading mediation and dispute resolution website with over 7 million annual site visitors. serves as a bridge between professionals offering dispute resolution services and individuals and businesses needing those services. was awarded the 2010 American Bar Association Institutional Problem Solver of… MORE >

Featured Members

View all

Read these next


Reason or Excuse

Cinergy Coaching by Cinnie Noble I have been thinking about when I hear someone explaining their rationale for saying or doing something that has upset or provoked me or another...

By Cinnie Noble

Vanna, Can I See If There A Sincere Apology For $500?

From the Mediation Matters Blog of Steve Mehta. Every week or so you see a public figure make an apology about some indiscretion.  I sometimes feel that we have a...

By Steve Mehta

Global Currents: Trends in Complex Cross-Border Disputes

Kluwer Mediation BlogIn February 2014, the Litigation and Arbitration Practice of international law firm Hogan Lovells announced the findings of a survey they conducted among 146 senior lawyers and executives...

By Deborah Masucci