Evaluation of a Youth Mentoring Program

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified June 2013 by David DuBois, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : September 12, 2005
Last Update Posted : June 19, 2013
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David DuBois, University of Illinois at Chicago

Brief Summary:
This study will be used to determine the effectiveness of GirlPOWER!, an innovative mentoring program for adolescent minority girls living in urban areas.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Self Concept Behavioral: GirlPOWER! mentoring program Behavioral: Traditional mentoring Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:

The potential benefits of adolescent mentoring programs cannot be overemphasized. Mentoring may be especially beneficial to urban-living, minority adolescents who may lack role models. The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) organization administers a widely-praised and empirically-supported program that is committed to building successful mentoring relationships between adolescents and adults in their community. In collaboration with the BBBS affiliate agency in Chicago, the PI has developed an intervention called GirlPOWER! GirlPOWER! combines mentoring with self-esteem enhancement and health education and promotion strategies. This study will determine the effectiveness of the GirlPOWER! intervention and determine its feasibility in being applied to other populations.

Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either the GirlPOWER! intervention or traditional mentoring through BBBS and followed for 1 year. Participants in the GirlPOWER! group and their mentors will engage in structured activities that focus on strengthening the mentoring relationship, promoting self-esteem, reducing levels of health-compromising behaviors such as substance use and violence, and increasing levels of health-enhancing behaviors. Traditional mentoring comprises less structured activities and typically includes general discussion of an adolescent's day-to-day life and any accomplishments and challenges he or she may have experienced. Participants will be assessed at study entry, 3 months following entry, and at the end of one year. Assessments will include surveys completed by youth as well as their parents, mentors, and teachers; academic data also will be obtained from school records.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Development and Evaluation of a Youth Mentoring Program
Study Start Date : May 2005
Estimated Primary Completion Date : February 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date : February 2014

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
GirlPOWER! mentoring program
Behavioral: GirlPOWER! mentoring program
GirlPOWER! mentoring program includes monthly 3-hour workshops for youth and mentors combined with monthly supplemental activities to be completed independently by youth-mentor pairs.
Active Comparator: 2
Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based mentoring program
Behavioral: Traditional mentoring
Traditional mentoring includes a community-based mentoring program, in which the youth-mentor spends time together in activities of their choosing 2 to 4 times a month.
Other Name: Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based Mentoring Program

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Mental health [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 1 ]
  2. Health behaviors [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 1 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Social support and social networks (including mentoring relationship quality) [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 1 ]
  2. Academic achievement [ Time Frame: Measured at Year 1 ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 13 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Live in Chicago, Illinois Metropolitan area
  • Parent or guardian willing to provide informed consent

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00158353

United States, Illinois
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60608
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Illinois at Chicago
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
Principal Investigator: David L. DuBois, PhD University of Illinois at Chicago

Additional Information:
DuBois, D. L., Silverthorn, N., Pryce, J., Reeves, E., Sanchez, B., Silva, A., Ansu, A. A., Haqq, S., & Takehara, J. (in press). Mentorship: The GirlPOWER! program. To appear in C. W. Leroy & J. E. Mann (Eds.), Handbook of preventive and intervention programs for adolescent girls. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Responsible Party: David DuBois, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago Identifier: NCT00158353     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21MH069564 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R21MH069564 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: September 12, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 19, 2013
Last Verified: June 2013

Keywords provided by David DuBois, University of Illinois at Chicago:
Mental health
Social support
Substance use
Sexual behavior