My Brother's Keeper: The Perceived Effects of A Mentoring Program for High School Aged Adolescent Males.

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Title: My Brother's Keeper: The Perceived Effects of A Mentoring Program for High School Aged Adolescent Males.
Author: Pettiford, Marrius Lymar
Advisors: Alan Reiman, Committee Member
Edwin Gerler, Committee Member
Don C. Locke, Committee Member
Stanley Baker, Committee Chair
Abstract: This study evaluated the perceived effects of an adolescent male mentoring program that had been shaped by adolescent developmental theory, mentoring research, rite-of-passage research and the advisor-advisee literature. The study was descriptive and exploratory using a survey design. The research questions were: (1) To identify the perceived level of effect that specific components of the Theta Phi Psi program had on participants, (2) To identify the perceived order of importance that components of the Theta Phi Psi program had on participants, (3) To identify the level of agreement between participants' perceptions of the Theta Phi Psi program outcomes and those of the program developer, (4) To identify the reason why participants joined Theta Phi Psi, (5) To identify the perceived characteristics of an effective Theta Phi Psi program chapter advisor and (6) To give voice to the respondents in order to find out how Theta Phi Psi influenced them. The participants were 45 male students aged 14-30 who were current or former members of Theta Phi Psi Fraternity: Male Mentoring Program. All participants were or had been enrolled in the Theta Phi Psi Program in two large urban public school districts in North Carolina. Program participants were supervised by one or two adult males who followed the Theta Phi Psi Curriculum developed by the investigator. A survey was developed by the investigator and validated by advisors to the Theta Phi Psi program. The finalized survey was distributed to all program participants via US mail, email and or classroom administration. The return rate among students currently enrolled in the program was 60%. Among graduates, the return rate was 5%. Based on the data from the survey, respondents indicated that the all program components were perceived to have made a positive impact on program participants. Participants indicated that the rites-of-passage, leadership, brotherhood and community service components were particularly perceived as important and meaningful. Participants also indicated that having an advisor who listened and cared was most important to them. This study had several limitations. The small number of participants did not allow for any generalizations outside of those who participated in the TPP Program. The low return rate from the graduates limited the voice of those respondents. There were several implications for practice in this study. The study does provide evidence as to which program features students found particularly effective. The study underscored the importance for counselors/mentors to develop programs with direct connections to theoretical concepts and to evaluate them. In addition, the need for advisor/mentor training is highlighted based on the participants' emphasis on advisor/mentor relationship. The implication for further research centered on a couple of areas. The first was that a qualitative study would provide more information about how student made meaning of these program components perceived as important. The other area would be the context of the advisor/advisee relationship. What created the perception of a "good" advisor?
Date: 2006-11-21
Degree: PhD
Discipline: Counselor Education

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