Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 51–69 | Cite as

Expanding employment skills and social networks among teen mothers: Case study of a mentor program

  • Allison Zippay


The use of mentors in social services programs has become an increasingly common intervention, and typically aims to increase education and job skills among at-risk youth. Because of a lack of social services research, most of what is known about the effects of mentoring relationships has been generalized from studies conducted in corporate settings. This article examines assumptions about the potential effects of mentor programs, and presents the results of an exploratory case study of outcomes of low-income teen mothers who were paired with a professionally employed mentor. Drawing on the concepts of social network theory, it is hypothesized that mentors can link at-risk youth with information and resources not readily available from their extant personal networks.


Social Network Social Psychology Potential Effect Social Service Service Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allison Zippay
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  1. 1.Rutgers University School of Social WorkNew Brunswick

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