Tolan, P., Henry, D., Schoeny, M., Bass, A., Lovegrove, P., & Nichols, E. (2013, September 2). Campbell Library.

A systematic review has been published by the Campbell Collaboration examining the effects of mentoring interventions on juvenile delinquency and related problems, such as school failure. The review found modest effect sizes across four outcomes: academic achievement, drug use, delinquency, and aggression. The authors found stronger effects when emotional support and advocacy were emphasized and when professional development was the motivation of the mentors for involvement. Although the results suggest that mentoring can be effective for high-risk teenagers, the authors highlight the fact that the studies lacked information about what exactly the mentoring programs comprised and their implementation features. The authors say there is a critical need for concerted efforts for substantial and probably large-scale evaluations.

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