Effectiveness Study of a Swedish Youth Mentoring Program

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 8, 2010
Last Update Posted : March 8, 2016
Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden
Stockholm County Council, Sweden
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Maria Bodin, Karolinska Institutet

Brief Summary:
This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of a one-to-one, adult-to-youth primary preventive mentoring program in Sweden. Outcome domains and criteria for inclusion and exclusion of study participants are elaborated in collaboration with the providing NGO, and the program is given as customary.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Substance Use Behavioral: Youth Mentoring program Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 128 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Randomized Effectiveness Trial of a One-to-one, Adult-to-youth Mentoring Program in Sweden
Study Start Date : October 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2009

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Mentoring program
Mentor and mentee meet at least every second week, for 2-4 h on every occasion, during 1 year (i.e., for a minimum of two school semesters). Meetings take place outside school and work hours, and the pairs choose activities of their own preferences. No monetary incentives exist, and the mentors are laymen volunteers. The program objective is to establish a safe and supportive relationship, by which the youth is assumed to benefit in social, emotional, and academic development, and as a consequence, be less prone to use alcohol and drugs.
Behavioral: Youth Mentoring program
No Intervention: Control group
No intervention provided, only brief phone calls to control for attention bias

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Self-reported substance use [ Time Frame: One year ]
    Self-reported substance use among youth

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Youth delinquency [ Time Frame: One year ]
    Self-reported delinquency among youth

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Ages Eligible for Study:   14 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • a self-reported need of the youth for additional adult contacts

Exclusion Criteria:

  • current or past regular use of illicit drugs
  • repeated delinquent behaviour or single acts of violence against persons
  • ongoing contacts with psychiatric care or social services

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01138982

Mentor Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden, 11435
Sponsors and Collaborators
Karolinska Institutet
Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden
Stockholm County Council, Sweden
Principal Investigator: Maria C Bodin, PhD Centre for Psychiatry Research Stockholm, Karolinska Institutet/Stockholm County Council Health Care Provision

Responsible Party: Maria Bodin, PhD, Karolinska Institutet Identifier: NCT01138982     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Dnr 238/2006:34
First Posted: June 8, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 8, 2016
Last Verified: March 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Keywords provided by Maria Bodin, Karolinska Institutet:
Youth mentoring
low-risk youth