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NCJ Number: 120214 Find in a Library
Title: Mentors in Adolescents' Lives (From Social World of Adolescents: International Perspectives, P 121-139, 1989, Klaus Hurrelmann and Uwe Engel, eds. -- See NCJ-120206)
Author(s): S F Hamilton; N Darling
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: New York State College of Human Ecology
Ithaca, NY 14853
Spencer Foundation
Chicago, IL 60611
Walter de Gruyter & Co
1 Berlin 30, Germany United
Sale Source: Walter de Gruyter & Co
Genthiner Str 13
1 Berlin 30,
Germany (Unified)
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: West Germany (Former)
Annotation: This study of important people in American adolescents' lives investigated the contributions of mentors to adolescent development.
Abstract: Retrospective accounts of important people were collected from 57 male and 69 female third-year students at New York's Cornell University who were recruited from business, natural sciences, and humanities majors. These students filled out questionnaires on important people in their lives before entering college and on relationships with those persons. Of the 127 students, 82 percent named at least one unrelated adult as an important person in their lives, 45 percent had at least one associated who qualified as a mentor, and 24 percent described more than one unrelated adult associate as a mentor. Mentors talked with adolescents about personal matters, including family and friends, politics, ideas, the future, cultural experiences, and outdoor activities. Younger adolescents and females were less likely to have unrelated adult mentors than older adolescents and males, and unrelated adult mentors appeared to complement rather than substitute for parents. 24 references, 2 tables, 2 figures.
Main Term(s): Juvenile social adjustment
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Interpersonal relations; New York; Parent-Child Relations; Sociological analyses
Note: Earlier version of paper presented at the International Symposium on Unrelated Adults in Adolescents' Lives, Cornell University, March 1988
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