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ERIC Number: ED439783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 23
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Mentoring Parents: Support for Families of Early Adolescents.
Gaffney, Patricia M.
A qualitative study was conducted, guided by the following research questions: (1) What are the perceptions of parents mentored through community-initiated parent-to-parent exchanges? and (2) Does semi-formal support for parents through mentoring relationships with other parents mediate their early adolescents' risk-taking behavior, influence their early adolescents' student development, improve their families' well-being, and improve parents' personal well-being? Structured telephone interviews were conducted with two comparison groups participating in parent-to-parent exchanges at 19 geographically diverse North American sites. One group was comprised of the program directors and other administrators of a community-initiated program, Parent Share. The other group was comprised of the parents of early adolescents mentored through the program. Analysis of the interview transcripts revealed that the support and strength available to parents of adolescents through mentoring, though useful to them in their role as parents, had much broader implications for their lives. Themes of isolation, hesitation, growth, responsibility, communication, transformation, sharing, and friendship emerged. These themes corresponded by pairs to four parent roles: needful parent; decisive, determined parent; empowered parent; and involved parent. These eight developmental themes defining four functional roles conceptualize the experience of mentored parents. The findings expand Epstein's overlapping spheres of influence model by conceptualizing the experiences of families, which can help schools develop more comprehensive programs of partnership. (Contains 17 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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