ERIC Number: ED503234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Positive Support: Mentoring and Depression among High-Risk Youth
"Positive Support" examines potential benefits of matching high-risk youth with faith-based mentors. Drawing on surveys and interviews with young people who participated in the National Faith-Based Initiative, we found that mentored youth were less likely to show signs of depression than the youth who were not matched with a mentor. This in turn was related to a variety of other beneficial outcomes, including handling conflict better and fewer self-reported instances of arrests. The report concludes with a consideration of the challenges of implementing a mentoring program for high-risk youth and how they might be overcome. (Three appendices are included: (1) Response Rates and Survey Instruments; (2); Who Received Mentors?; and (3) Regression Analysis of Mentoring and Outcomes. Contains 7 endnotes, 1 figure and 7 tables.)
Descriptors: Mentors, Delinquency, Youth Programs, At Risk Persons, Program Effectiveness, Depression (Psychology), Religion, Spiritual Development, Surveys, Interviews, Religious Factors, Crime Prevention, Social Problems, Substance Abuse, Family Environment, Individual Characteristics
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.