By Jean E. Rhodes
A baby at unfastened ends wishes aid, and somebody steps in--a sizeable Brother, an enormous Sister, a mentor from the turning out to be ranks of volunteers supplying their time and information to greater than million American teens. Does it aid? How powerful are mentoring courses, and the way do they paintings? Are there pitfalls, and if that is so, what are they? Such questions, ever extra urgent as adolescence mentoring tasks extend their achieve at a breakneck speed, have occupied Jean Rhodes for greater than a decade. during this provocative, completely researched, and lucidly written ebook, Rhodes deals readers the advantage of the newest findings during this burgeoning box, together with these from her personal large, groundbreaking stories. Outlining a version of stripling mentoring that may end up necessary to the various directors, caseworkers, volunteers, and researchers who search trustworthy details and useful advice, Stand by way of Me describes the extreme capability that exists in such relationships, and discloses the ways that nonparent adults are uniquely situated to inspire adolescent improvement. but the e-book additionally exposes a hardly ever stated hazard: unsuccessful mentoring relationships--always a hazard while, in a hurry to shape fits, mentors are dispatched with extra enthusiasm than realizing and preparation--can truly damage at-risk formative years. weak childrens, Rhodes demonstrates, are larger left by myself than paired with mentors who can't delay their finish of the relationships. Drawing on paintings within the fields of psychology and private kin, Rhodes presents concrete feedback for making improvements to mentoring courses and developing potent, enduring mentoring relationships with early life.
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We found, ﬁrst, that mentoring relationships led to increases in the levels of inti- 40 how successful mentoring works macy, communication, and trust that adolescents felt toward their parents. 45 Despite the consistency of our ﬁndings across several studies, it remains to be determined how these processes work for different youth. Mentoring relationships may lead to improvements in parental relationships simply by reducing tensions or promoting better communication or through more fundamental shifts in adolescents’ perceptions of themselves and their ability to form and sustain relationships.
The researchers began by identifying all of the relevant studies on the topic of mentoring. To be included in the analyses, studies had to meet several criteria. First, the evaluated program needed to include a one-to-one relationship in which an older, more experienced mentor was paired with a younger (under 19) protégé. Second, the study had to examine empirically the effects of participation in a mentoring program, by pre-program versus post-program comparisons of the same group of youth or by comparisons between one group of youth receiving mentoring and another group not receiving mentoring.
I have concluded that mentors can inﬂuence their protégés’ development in three important ways (see Figure 1): • • • by enhancing social skills and emotional well-being by improving cognitive skills through dialogue and listening by serving as a role model and advocate. 28 I will explore each of these topics in the sections that follow. But ﬁrst, it is important to note that none of these beneﬁcial changes can occur until the mentor and protégé establish an emotional bond. , character, academic/social competence Role modeling & identification Interpersonal history, social competencies, relationship duration, developmental stage, demographics, ecological context moderators Figure 1 A Conceptual Model of Youth Mentoring Most people would agree that a necessary condition for an effective relationship is that the two people involved feel connected—that there is mutual trust and a sense that one is understood, liked, and respected.