The Effect of Mentoring Programs on the Self- Efficacy of Mentors and Mentees
Dr. Llena Chavis
Much of past research on mentoring programs focuses heavily on the benefits afforded to those being mentored—the mentees. However, we as researchers were interested to see what sort of effect a mentoring program would have on the mentors as well. The researchers developed and implemented a mentoring program utilizing college-aged mentors and female 6th and 7th grade mentees. The researchers hypothesized that the self-efficacy of both the mentors and mentees would significantly increase through participation in the mentoring program. Research was collected through a pre- and post-test of self-efficacy, prior to and at the conclusion of an eight-week group-mentoring program. Topics covered during the program include, but were not limited to: body image, self-esteem, boundaries, healthy relationships, and communication skills. The means of the self-efficacy rating were compared to determine if there was a significant increase in the self-efficacy of the mentors. Results will be presented as well as recommendations for future mentoring program development.
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