ERIC Number: EJ925040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Mentoring At-Risk Youth in Schools: Can Small Doses Make a Big Change?
Kolar, David W.; McBride, Christine A.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v19 n2 p125-138 2011
The impact of length of the match and age of the child was evaluated in a site-based mentoring program. At-risk children ranging in age from 7 to 12 were matched with an adult mentor and met approximately once a week at school during the academic year. Results indicated that neither the length of the match nor the age of the child influenced the impact of mentoring. Pre/post analyses of several psychological variables indicated that children liked school better (p = 0.002, eta[superscript 2] = 0.11), behaved better in the classroom (p = 0.021, eta[superscript 2] = 0.07), got along better with their peers (p less than 0.001, eta[superscript 2] = 0.25), and had increased self-esteem (p less than 0.001, eta[superscript 2] = 0.14) at the end of mentoring. No improvement in grades was found. The results indicate that matches that are relatively short in duration can have an important impact on at-risk children. In addition, the results indicate that at-risk children who are both younger and older can have positive outcomes from mentoring. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Mentors, At Risk Students, Adults, Program Descriptions, Peer Relationship, Student School Relationship, Self Esteem, Grades (Scholastic), Program Effectiveness, Elementary School Students
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia