Building Positive Relationships: An Evaluation of Process and Outcomes in a Big Sister Program
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- Westhues, A., Clarke, L., Watton, J. et al. The Journal of Primary Prevention (2001) 21: 477. doi:10.1023/A:1007110912146
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Research has shown that one-to-one mentoring has beneficial effects on the development of children who experience some form of disadvantage in childhood. What is not known is whether a nonintensive group program, in conjunction with one-to-one mentoring, will have even greater benefits for children. This study assesses the effects of a group program called Building Positive Relationships which was offered to 31 Little Sisters in grades three to final year of high school. A wait list comparison group of 21 Little Sisters who were in a one-to-one mentoring relationship and expressed interest in the program was part of the design. Outcomes measured included levels of self-esteem, empathy, family and peer relationships, problem-solving skills, and self-advocacy skills. The findings showed that significant changes occurred in level of self-esteem which were maintained at followup.