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.
|Advisor:||Lee, Cheryl D.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
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