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ERIC Number: ED431061
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 36
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Mentoring of Female African American Adolescents.
Taylor, Gail Garrett; Hiatt-Michael, Diana
This study examined selected perceptions and background demographics of 14 at-risk African American female adolescents in their relationships with 1 African American adult female who served as their nonfamilial, long-term mentor. In some cases, the mentoring relationship lasted as long as 21 years. The research focused on whether or not mentoring was truly effective for this group, and whether it should extend beyond an academic focus. Findings suggest that nonfamilial mentoring of at-risk African American female adolescents enables them to have higher life aspirations. Most of the mentees went on to complete high school with a grade point average of at least 2.0, and many went on to college. The study also shows that a critical element in a mentor/mentee relationship is the intimacy of trust given and received. Another conclusion is that mentoring is a very complex relationship in which the mentor may play multiple roles. Many mentors began to see themselves as quasi-parents, and several mentees saw themselves as part of a family with the mentor. In fact, the mentor was often a support for the mentee's families. (Contains 93 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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