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ERIC Number: EJ835559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0731-7107
Enhancing School Engagement in At-Risk, Urban Minority Adolescents through a School-Based, Adult Mentoring Intervention
Holt, Laura J.; Bry, Brenna H.; Johnson, Valerie L.
Child & Family Behavior Therapy, v30 n4 p297-318 Dec 2008
The current study investigated whether a 5-month, adult mentoring intervention delivered by school personnel could enhance the school engagement of ninth grade urban minority adolescents. Compared to 20 at-risk students who did not receive an intervention, 20 at-risk students who were randomly assigned to mentoring exhibited significantly less decline during the first year of high school in perceived teacher support and decision making and were less likely to enter the discipline system. The effects were stronger and included sense of school belonging for participants who were "mentored as intended." Moreover, mentee and mentor reports of relationship quality were associated with changes in mentored participants' school-related cognitions and behaviors. The findings indicate that adult mentoring may help to prevent normative declines in urban minority youths' school engagement. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A