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Title: Youth mentoring : mentors' and caseworkers' perspectives of enduring mentoring relationships
Author: Mountain, N. F.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7428 8836
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis focuses on youth mentoring, a popular form of intervention for disadvantaged young people. It is presented in three parts. The literature review examines the effectiveness of youth mentoring programmes for young people engaging in, or at risk for, antisocial behaviour. Fourteen studies met the criteria for the review. Methodological quality was assessed using The Quality Assessment Tool for Quantitative Studies by the Effective Public Health Practice Project. Overall, the studies provide limited but promising evidence for mentoring for antisocial youth, and the quality of evidence was good. Further research is needed to clarify the benefits of mentoring for this high-risk group. The empirical paper reports on a qualitative study (part of a larger evaluation with Evans, 2011 and Prytys Kleszcz, 2012) exploring mentors' approaches in enduring mentoring relationships with disadvantaged children in middle childhood and early adolescence. It focuses on how mentors think about, engage with and respond to their mentees. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 pairs of mentors and their caseworkers; transcripts were analysed thematically. Participants' accounts indicated that the mentoring relationships followed distinctive, uneven trajectories, and mentors faced considerable challenges and dilemmas in responding to their mentees' needs. The study points to the high level of mentor skill and resilience required to sustain a close mentoring relationship, and the important role of supervision in facilitating this process. The critical appraisal reflects on the process of planning and executing the research presented in the empirical paper. It also explores conceptual issues raised by the research related to recruitment, training and support procedures in youth mentoring.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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