ERIC Number: EJ1061879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Lunch Buddy Mentoring for Children Victimized by Peers: Two Pilot Studies
Gregus, Samantha J.; Craig, James T.; Rodriguez, Juventino Hernandez; Pastrana, Freddie A.; Cavell, Timothy A.
Journal of Applied School Psychology, v31 n2 p167-197 2015
The authors describe two pilot studies examining the potential benefits of Lunch Buddy (LB) mentoring, a manualized approach to school-based mentoring. LB mentoring takes place during the school lunch period and is designed to promote positive changes in children's peer relationships. In both studies, changes in peer victimization were assessed after one and three semesters of LB mentoring. In the first study, LB mentors were paired with elementary school children (N = 24) identified by child and teacher reports as victimized by peers. Results revealed significant declines in self- and teacher-rated victimization after one and three semesters of mentoring. In the second study, LB mentors were paired with victimized children who also engaged in bullying behavior (N = 23). Results indicated significant declines in self- and teacher-ratings of peer victimization after three semesters of mentoring. In both studies, ratings of perceived harm were low and ratings of satisfaction were high. Discussed are the implications of these findings for future research and for efforts to develop a nonharmful way to help children who are repeatedly victimized.
Descriptors: Mentors, Peer Relationship, Bullying, Victims, Student Behavior, Program Effectiveness, Intervention, Prevention, Aggression, Educational Environment, Grade 4, Elementary School Students, Social Influences, Grade 5, Guides, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Attitude Measures
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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