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ERIC Number: EJ915241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
Moderating Factors of Natural Mentoring Relationships, Problem Behaviors, and Emotional Well-Being
Whitney, Stephen D.; Hendricker, Elise N.; Offutt, Cheryl A.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v19 n1 p83-105 Feb 2011
This study examines naturally occurring mentors by the quality and presence of a mentor (no mentor, low quality, high quality), type of mentors (adult mentors vs. peer mentors), and mentor quality within mentor type. A sub-sample of adolescents from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent-Health is used. Results indicate the effect of mentoring is dependent upon the quality and type of mentor and is different for different measured outcomes, as various characteristics of the mentoring process are associated with later problem behaviors and emotional affect in different ways. Specifically, high-quality mentoring is significantly related to increasing self-esteem, fewer alcohol problems and less depressed affect when compared to low-quality mentors. Mentees with adult mentors are significantly lower in depressed affect and have fewer alcohol problems when compared to mentees with peer mentors. Implications for the use of mentoring with specifically at-risk students are discussed to help improve positive youth development. (Contains 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health