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Understanding the complexities of defining and negotiating mentoring relationships with at-risk youth


2007 2007

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The goal of this thesis was to learn about the relational processes that underlie mentoring relationships between at-risk youth and their adult mentors. An exploratory, qualitative study was undertaken to determine how mentors and mentees experienced mentoring and how they defined their relationship. In-depth interviews were conducted with 10 mentoring pairs (10 youth mentees and their adult mentors) taking part in a community-based mentoring program. Interviews were analyzed to identify both the relational processes that characterize this relationship and the complexities that accompany the processes of managing intergenerational relationships. The study's findings indicated that the three main relational processes that characterize this relationship are: shifting expectations, defining the relationship, and negotiating the relationship within a larger social context. The study revealed that mentor relationships are tricky to negotiate because these relationships are influenced not only by the partners but by the familial network of the mentees. Additionally, partners often struggled to define the relationship because the intergenerational nature of the friendship meant that they were friends but not equals. The study provides insight into how communication within mentoring relationships helps partners negotiate their roles and definition of the partnership.

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Subject
Communication;
Academic guidance counseling
Classification
0459: Communication
0519: Academic guidance counseling
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Education
Title
Understanding the complexities of defining and negotiating mentoring relationships with at-risk youth
Author
Wasson, Kristi Lynn
Number of pages
119
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0051
Source
MAI 46/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549147213
Advisor
White, Cindy H.
Committee member
Frey, Lawrence; Tracy, Karen
University/institution
University of Colorado at Boulder
Department
Communication
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1446082
ProQuest document ID
304888621
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304888621
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