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“She holds my hand” The experiences of foster youth with their natural mentors
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The vulnerability and adversity that youth frequently experience following aging out of foster care are well-documented. However, much less is known about the positive experiences and healthy relationships that may buffer these youth from the negative outcomes following emancipation. Utilising a strengths perspective, this exploratory study gathered qualitative data about the experiences of older foster youth with their natural …

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The role of gender in youth mentoring relationship formation and duration
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The role of gender in shaping the course and quality of adult–youth mentoring relationships was examined. The study drew on data from a large, random assignment evaluation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBSA) programs [Grossman, J. B., & Tierney, J. P. (1998). Does mentoring work? An impact study of the Big Brothers Big …

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Mentoring Relationships and Programs for Youth
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Mentoring is one of the most popular social interventions in American society, with an estimated three million youth in formal one-to-one relationships. Studies have revealed significant associations between youth involvement in mentoring relationships and positive developmental outcomes. These associations are modest, however, and depend on several intervening processes. Centrally important is the formation of close, …

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A comparison of face-to-face and electronic peer-mentoring: Interactions with mentor gender
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The present study compared the relative impact of peer-mentoring that took place either face-to-face or through electronic chat. Protégé’s were 106 college freshmen randomly assigned to a senior college student mentor and to one of the two communication modes. Fifty-one mentors interacted with one of these protégés face-to-face and one solely through electronic chat. Electronic …

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