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ERIC Number: EJ950346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Developmental Mentoring, Relationship Quality and School Adjustment: The Chapel Buddy Programme
Fair, Cynthia D.; Hopkins, Kate; Decker, Anna
Early Child Development and Care, v182 n1 p107-121 2012
This prospective mixed methods longitudinal study examined the connection between mentor-mentee relationship quality and school adjustment amongst students participating in the Chapel Buddy programme, a developmental mentoring programme. Thirty-one sixth graders were paired with 29 kindergarteners for the duration of the school year. Sixth-grade reports of relationship quality had a significant main effect on predicting the self-reported school adjustment of the kindergarten students at the end of the year. Additionally, regression analyses indicated that relationship satisfaction of the sixth-grader students predicted teacher-reported academic adjustment of the sixth graders. Qualitative analyses of parents' perspectives of the Chapel Buddy programme indicated parents believed the programme eased the transition to school. This study concludes that developmental mentoring has a positive influence on school adjustment, specifically school connectedness, for mentors as well as the mentees, and such a programme can be successful for fostering adjustment to elementary and middle school. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A