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Effectiveness of mentoring programs for youth: a meta-analytic review.

dc.contributor.author Cooper, Harris M
dc.contributor.author DuBois, DL
dc.contributor.author Holloway, BE
dc.contributor.author Valentine, JC
dc.coverage.spatial England
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-21T13:40:19Z
dc.date.issued 2002-04
dc.identifier https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12002242
dc.identifier 10.1023/A:1014628810714
dc.identifier.issn 0091-0562
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/14943
dc.description.abstract We used meta-analysis to review 55 evaluations of the effects of mentoring programs on youth. Overall, findings provide evidence of only a modest or small benefit of program participation for the average youth. Program effects are enhanced significantly, however, when greater numbers of both theory-based and empirically based "best practices" are utilized and when strong relationships are formed between mentors and youth. Youth from backgrounds of environmental risk and disadvantage appear most likely to benefit from participation in mentoring programs. Outcomes for youth at-risk due to personal vulnerabilities have varied substantially in relation to program characteristics, with a noteworthy potential evident for poorly implemented programs to actually have an adverse effect on such youth. Recommendations include greater adherence to guidelines for the design and implementation of effective mentoring programs as well as more in-depth assessment of relationship and contextual factors in the evaluation of programs.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.ispartof Am J Community Psychol
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1023/A:1014628810714
dc.subject Adolescent
dc.subject Adolescent Behavior
dc.subject Benchmarking
dc.subject Community Participation
dc.subject Counseling
dc.subject Decision Making, Organizational
dc.subject Efficiency, Organizational
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Interpersonal Relations
dc.subject Mentors
dc.subject Program Development
dc.subject Program Evaluation
dc.subject Risk-Taking
dc.subject Social Adjustment
dc.title Effectiveness of mentoring programs for youth: a meta-analytic review.
dc.type Journal article
pubs.author-url https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12002242
pubs.begin-page 157
pubs.end-page 197
pubs.issue 2
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Duke Science & Society
pubs.organisational-group Initiatives
pubs.organisational-group Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group Psychology and Neuroscience
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group University Institutes and Centers
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 30


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