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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mentors' self-esteem and social support
by Aoun, Kaya D., M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 58; 1499135
Abstract (Summary)

This quantitative/qualitative thesis explored formal mentoring of foster children. Foster children often leave the child welfare system with minimal social support, inadequate education, and mental health problems. The study examined the mentors' levels of perceived social support, self-esteem, amount of time spent mentoring, and mentoring benefits. A strong positive correlation was found between levels of social support and self-esteem. Results indicated that mentors believe that they benefit a great deal from mentoring foster youth and feel their mentees greatly benefit. An important social work implication is that additional mentoring programs need to be established by social workers for foster youth to provide social support and gain the benefits that mentoring affords.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lee, Cheryl D.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1499135
ISBN: 978-1-124-85080-1
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