ERIC Number: EJ1066047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
Who Should Mentor Me? Giving a Voice to Black Women Athletic Training Students
Siple, Bonnie J.; Hopson, Rodney K.; Sobehart, Helen C.; Turocy, Paula S.
Athletic Training Education Journal, v10 n2 p146-158 Apr-Jun 2015
Context: Black women are dramatically underrepresented in the health care profession of athletic training. It may be theorized that one of the reasons more black female students are not entering into the profession of athletic training is that they do not have adequate mentors to successfully guide them. Objective: The purpose of our qualitative study was to examine the perceived effects of mentoring on the retention and credentialing of black women athletic trainers. Design: Qualitative. Setting: Clinical settings. Patients or Other Participants: Ten certified athletic trainers who self-designate as black women. Main Outcome Measure(s): We conducted one-on-one phone interviews and follow-up on personal case study interviews, which were transcribed verbatim. We performed constant comparative analysis of the data and established trustworthiness via member checks and peer review. Results: (1) Mentoring promotes matriculation and successful college completion and credentialing of black women athletic training students, and (2) although shared race and gender are favorable mentor characteristics, accessibility and approachability are more essential traits of mentors. Conclusions: These findings offer athletic training educators potential insight into ways to improve the athletic training educational success of black women enrolled in athletic training education programs that may lead to their increased participation/advancement in the athletic training profession.
Descriptors: Athletics, Allied Health Personnel, African Americans, Females, Mentors, Interviews, Case Studies, Grounded Theory, Allied Health Occupations Education, Academic Persistence, Certification, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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