Brittian, A. S., Sy, S. R., & Stokes, J. E. (2009). Mentoring: Implications for African American college students. Western Journal of Black Studies, 33(2), 87-97.
The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of mentorship programs on African American college student’s mental health and various academic outcomes. This study utilizes quantitative and qualitative analyses to gain an in-depth perspective of student’s experiences in and deterrents to mentorship programs. Participants included 183 African American college students (36 in mentorship programs, 147 not in mentorship programs) enrolled at a large state university in Southern California. Results suggest mentorship and non-mentorship students did not differ in their experiences with common student life events, social support, and well-being. Surprisingly, mentorship students had lower GPA’s than non-mentorship students. Though mentorship students reported lower GPA results of qualitative data elucidated five key areas in which African American students reported receiving assistance. Based on participant’s experiences we have provided recommendations for the improvement of university mentoring programs. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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