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ERIC Number: ED496533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-11
Pages: 56
Abstractor: Author
Mentoring and At-Risk Adolescent Girls: A Phenomenological Investigation
Quarles, Alice; Maldonado, Nancy; Lacey, Candace H.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, Apr 11-15, 2005)
In order to develop an understanding of mentoring relationships and the impact these relationships might have on the development of high-risk adolescent females, this qualitative study explored the relationships between six "Little Sisters" and their Big Sisters mentors. The purposefully-selected sample included women and girls who were actively involved in a formal mentoring relationship for a minimum of three years. Based on the findings from interviews, the Little Sisters' perceptions of the mentoring relationships and their personal development included: development of a nurturing relationship, development of self-efficacy, development of aspirations, and development of positive current and future possible selves. Findings substantiated the value of mentoring programs in the building of those social constructs that foster successful future citizens. The prescreening and support provided by the Big Brothers/Big Sisters was instrumental in building the relationships and keeping the Big Sisters informed of opportunities for participation in community activities. In light of the lack of literature exploring mentoring relationships and the development of self-efficacy, aspirations, and possible selves in high-risk adolescent female mentees, this study may provide information for the field of sociology and for training and development in mentoring programs. The following are appended: (1) Mentee Background Survey; (2) Mentor Background Survey; (3) Mentee Interview Protocol; (4) Mentor Interview Protocol; and (5) Mentee Theme Clusters and Sub-Themes Aggregated from Formulated Meanings. (Contains 5 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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