Mentoring youth with psychiatric disorders: The impact on child and parent functioning

Jason F Jent, Larissa N. Niec

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Abstract

This study examined the effectiveness of a behavioral mentoring program aimed at serving youth with psychiatric disorders. Participants included 30 youth (8-12 years old) receiving services in a mentoring program for a mental health population and 30 wait-listed youth and their maternal caregivers. Participating in mentoring services was related to higher family functioning across a number of domains including child behavior, parenting stress, perceived parent social support, and perceived parent-child relationship quality. As predicted, parenting stress mediated the relationship between mentoring and children's externalizing behavior problems. Results suggest that mentoring services may be a useful adjunct service for highly stressed families with children with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-58
Number of pages16
JournalChild and Family Behavior Therapy
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 31 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Child behavior
  • Mentoring
  • Parent-child relationship
  • Parenting stress
  • Social support

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  • Clinical Psychology

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Mentoring youth with psychiatric disorders : The impact on child and parent functioning. / Jent, Jason F; Niec, Larissa N.

In: Child and Family Behavior Therapy, Vol. 28, No. 3, 31.08.2006, p. 43-58.

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