The influence of mentor training and support on academic mentor self-efficacy and relationship quality: from the perspectives of adult volunteer mentors and middle school youth Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Askew, Karyl Jacqueline Shand
    • Affiliation: School of Education
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  • This descriptive study uses social cognitive theory to explore factors contributing to efficacy of adult mentors of middle school students in a school-based academic mentoring program. Using structured interviews and survey measures, the study uncovered factors that mentors' perceive as increasing their self-efficacy. Findings suggest that many factors contribute to mentors' efficacy. Among these are mentor-youth relationship duration, formal training, and a network of support. Results support theoretical and empirical research claims put forward to enhance efficacy. This study also contributes to knowledge of relationship quality by documenting criteria that mentors use to judge the success of relationships. Relationship quality criteria include: 1) holistic integration of mentor into student's life, 2) perceptions of growth, 3) perceived mentee investment, 4) closeness of the relationship, and 5) perceptions of mentee satisfaction. Results indicate the reciprocally deterministic nature of mentors, mentees, and environmental factors that influence mentoring relationships. Implications for future research and practice are offered.
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  • Meece, Judith L.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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