ERIC Number: EJ1071584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Exploring the Experiences of Female Emerging Adult Mentors: Building a Conceptual Model
McGill, Julianne; Adler-Baeder, Francesca; Sollie, Donna L.; Kerpelman, Jennifer L.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v30 n5 p538-564 Sep 2015
While mentoring programs are prevalent, limited research focused on the mentors' experiences exist, particularly during critical periods of development. Using a qualitative, grounded theory approach, this study explores the elements of the mentoring experience for a cohort of late adolescent/emerging adult women in a long-term program. Outcomes described were both personal and work related, as well as relationally and individually focused. In addition, a number of individual, relational, and programmatic challenges, along with associated emotional challenges, were reported. The influence of these challenges on outcomes, however, depend on a number of elements that appear to buffer the negative experiences. The organization of the findings into a conceptual model informs both research and practice.
Descriptors: Females, Mentors, Experience, Late Adolescents, Young Adults, Qualitative Research, Grounded Theory, Program Effectiveness, Youth Programs, Undergraduate Students, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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