Title page for ETD etd-12292008-210318

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Young, Laquana M
URN etd-12292008-210318
Title Mentoring and its Effect on the Life Chances and Experiences of Children in Group Homes
Degree Master of Science
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kershaw, Terry Committee Chair
Graves, Ellington T. Committee Member
Yuan, Anastasia Sue Vogt Committee Member
  • Mentoring
  • Group homes
  • Social well being
  • Academic Achievement
  • Big Brother and Big Sisters of America
  • Labeling Theory
  • Economic disadvantage children
Date of Defense 2008-12-15
Availability unrestricted
Mentoring relationships can be defined as an interaction between a less experienced individual, called a mentee or protégé, and a more experienced individual known as a mentor. The relationship that the mentee and the mentor establish is one that provides influential and emotional support. Research suggests that mentoring relationships have a positive effect on children in group homes. Although children in group homes may not have strong support from their biological families or kin, they often count on the undivided support from their counselors. For this study, group home stakeholders (director, counselors and children) were supportive of developing a formal mentoring program as part of the group home experience.

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