ERIC Number: ED434287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
The Effectiveness of Mentoring for Adolescent Mothers and Their Infants: A Comparative Study between Sister Friend and Cal Learn.
Tebb, Kathleen P.
This study evaluated Sister Friend, a mentoring program in Yolo County, California, serving low-income adolescent mothers and their infants. The primary objective was to determine if participating in the Sister Friend program improved the adolescent mother's parenting class attendance, the home environment, parenting behavior, and child development outcomes. This study employed a quasi-experimental design to evaluate the effectiveness of Sister Friend. It compared adolescent mothers participating in both the Sister Friend and Cal Learn programs with a similar group of mothers receiving only Cal Learn services. Data was collected upon entry into the Sister Friend Program and again 6 months later. The second aim of the study was to evaluate the implementation of the Sister Friend program. Interviews with adolescent mothers and their mentors examined how frequently adolescent mothers met with their mentors, the types of activities they were involved in, program support for the match, and the quality of their relationship. In spite of a small sample, this study found that adolescent mothers and their infants participating in the Sister Friend program had significantly better outcomes than those in the Cal Learn-only group. Recommendations are made for future research and an integrated service delivery system for adolescent mothers and their children. Appendix A provides copies of the assessment tools used in the study; Appendix B is the Infant and Toddler Immunization Schedule; Appendix C provides the HOME inter-observer reliability coefficients; and Appendix D provides examples of existing services for adolescent mothers and their infants in Yolo County. (Contains 5 tables and 75 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Davis.