The Effect of Mentoring Programs on the Self- Efficacy of Mentors and Mentees

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Dr. Llena Chavis

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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.


This project was funded in part by the Center for Faithful Leadership.

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