Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 115–122

Mentoring for Delinquent Children: An Outcome Study with Young Adolescent Children


  • Yo Jackson
    • Departments of Psychology and Human Development and Family LifeUniversity of Kansas

DOI: 10.1023/A:1014017909668

Cite this article as:
Jackson, Y. Journal of Youth and Adolescence (2002) 31: 115. doi:10.1023/A:1014017909668


Examined the outcome of a mentoring program aimed at minimizing conduct problems for young adolescent children at risk for delinquent behavior. The program was designed to give an alternative, prosocial role model for children with a history of rule-breaking and acting out behavior in school. Thirteen mentors attended weekly supervision sessions and were responsible for working with 1 at-risk child for 15 h per week. Both parents and teachers assessed behavior change at 4 intervals. Mentors and mentees also completed several evaluations of the program. The parent-report indicated significant decreases in both internalizing and externalizing behavior in the mentees during and at the end of the program. However, no significant changes were found for teacher-reported behavior. The mentors indicated that participating as a mentor enhanced their learning about children and further directed their educational goals. Implications of the effectiveness of mentoring are discussed.

mentoringexternalizingtreatment outcome
Download to read the full article text

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2002