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NCJ Number: 218845 Find in a Library
Title: Rapid Evidence Assessment of the Impact of Mentoring on Re-Offending: A Summary
Author(s): Darrick Jolliffe; David P. Farrington
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Publication Number: ISBN 978 1 84726 279 0
Sale Source: Great Britain Home Office Research Development and Statistics Directorate
Information and Publications Group
Room 201
50 Queen Anne's Gate
London, SW1H 9AT,
United Kingdom
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report presents a summary of an analysis of a range of studies on mentoring to assess how successful mentoring is in reducing offending.
Abstract: Only 2 of the 18 evaluations were conducted in England and Wales, suggesting that there is little valid information about the potential impact of mentoring on reoffending in the British context. Since mentoring seems to be a promising intervention, large scale randomized controlled trials should be conducted to evaluate the effects of mentoring programs on subsequent offending in this country. The conclusions are limited by the use of a rapid evidence assessment, as well as the fact that only two methodologically weak evaluations of mentoring have been conducted in England and Wales. There has been a significant amount of recent interest in the influence of mentors in increasing the life success of individuals who are at risk of reoffending. The mentor can provide both direct assistance and indirect support. There have been a number of evaluations of the impact of mentoring on later life outcomes, but many of these have been based on limited research designs offering a limited ability to estimate the impact of mentoring on reoffending. This review sought to summarize the best available evidence on the effects of mentoring on reoffending in a systematic manner. A rapid evidence assessment was used rather than a full systematic review. Forty-nine potentially relevant studies were identified with only 16 meeting the inclusion criteria. Two of the 16 studies reported on more than 1 separate study. Therefore, the analyses were based on 18 comparisons of mentored and control/comparison groups. References
Main Term(s): Mentoring programs
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Crime Control Programs; Crime prevention measures; England; Habitual offenders; Recidivism; Recidivism prediction; United Kingdom (UK); Wales
Note: Home Office Online Report 11/07; downloaded on June 13, 2007.
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