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Children and Young People “In Care” Participating in a Peer‐Mentoring Relationship: An Exploration of Resilience

Mantovani, N; Gillard, S; Mezey, G; Clare, F (2019) Children and Young People “In Care” Participating in a Peer‐Mentoring Relationship: An Exploration of Resilience. Journal of Research on Adolescence. ISSN 1050-8392 https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12483
SGUL Authors: Mantovani, Nadia

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to explore how a 1‐year peer‐mentoring relationship contributed to change in young women “in care.” Twenty semistructured, one‐to‐one interviews were conducted with mentors (n = 11) and mentees (n = 9) recruited from two different London local authorities. Participants’ accounts were interpreted through a developmental lens to uncover developmental aspects and locus mechanisms through which transformative change took place. Resilience as a healthy outcome was the result of the dual function the mentoring relationship performed. The mentoring relationship was protective against the risks associated with transitioning to independent living and/or adulthood, and promoted internal assets and competencies whereby the mentees’ ability to resist them was enhanced. Establishing a trustworthy connection with a role model promoted developmental domains within mentees. Resilience as a healthy outcome was the result of the dual function the mentoring relationship performed. The mentoring relationship was protective against the risks associated with transitioning to independent living and/or adulthood, and promoted internal assets and competencies whereby enhancing the mentees’ ability to resist them. Establishing a trustworthy connection with a role model promoted developmental domains within mentees.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Mantovani, N. , Gillard, S. , Mezey, G. and Clare, F. (2019), Children and Young People “In Care” Participating in a Peer‐Mentoring Relationship: An Exploration of Resilience. J Res Adolesc, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12483. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
SGUL Research Institute / Research Centre: Academic Structure > Population Health Research Institute (INPH)
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Research on Adolescence
ISSN: 1050-8392
Dates:
DateEvent
11 February 2019Published Online
3 January 2019Accepted
Publisher License: Publisher's own licence
URI: http://openaccess.sgul.ac.uk/id/eprint/110507
Publisher's version: https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12483

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