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ERIC Number: EJ974599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0938-8982
Naturally Acquired Mentoring Relationships and Young Adult Outcomes among Adolescents with Learning Disabilities
Ahrens, Kym; DuBois, David Lane; Lozano, Paula; Richardson, Laura P.
Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, v25 n4 p207-216 Nov 2010
We evaluated whether having a naturally acquired mentor during adolescence was associated with improved adult outcomes among youth with learning disabilities (YLD). Mentored youth were more likely to have graduated from high school, reported a higher level of self-esteem, and reported a higher overall number of positive outcomes than nonmentored youth. Mentorship by teachers/guidance counselors was associated with larger differences in high school graduation rates and self-esteem compared to nonmentored youth whereas mentorship by nonteachers was associated with smaller changes in self-esteem and no differences in high school completion rates. Future research should include more in-depth, objective assessments of youths' learning disabilities, consideration of interactions with concurrent risk factors, and efforts to clarify optimal strategies for mentoring support of YLD. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health