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Ahrens, K., DuBois, D., Richardson, L., Fan, M.-Y., and Lozano, P.
Youth in foster care with adult mentors during adolescence have improved adult outcomes
Little is known regarding the impact of mentoring relationships on at-risk youth. The goal of this study was to determine whether youth in foster care with natural mentors during adolescence have improved young adult outcomes.
Mentoring relationships with nonparental adults have been shown to have positive effects on adolescents. This seems to be true regardless of whether mentorship occurs naturally or in the context of a program such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. Less is known regarding the impact of mentoring relationships on at-risk youth. The goal of this study was to determine whether youth in foster care with natural mentors during adolescence have improved young adult outcomes. Results indicate that mentoring relationships are associated with positive adjustment during the transition to adulthood for youth in foster care. Strategies to support natural mentoring relationships for this population should be developed and evaluated.
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