Relationship quality and the mentoring of aggressive, high-risk children

Timothy A. Cavell, L. Christian Elledge, Kenya T. Malcolm, Melissa A. Faith, Jan N. Hughes

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Abstract

We used data from a randomized clinical trial to examine the degree to which relationship quality predicted outcomes for aggressive children in two different mentoring programs. Data were available for 145 aggressive children in Grades 2 and 3. Children were blocked by school and randomly assigned to PrimeTime (n=75) or Lunch Buddy (n=70) programs. PrimeTime combined community-based mentoring with child-focused skills training and consultation for parents and teachers, and mentors were extensively trained and supervised. Lunch Buddy was a stand-alone, school-based mentoring program that involved lunchtime visits and a different mentor each semester. PrimeTime children rated their mentors as more supportive than did Lunch Buddy children. Relationship conflict predicted changes in teacher-rated externalizing problems. Ratings of relationship quality interacted with treatment in predicting changes in parent-rated externalizing behavior for PrimeTime children only.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-198
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009

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Relationship quality and the mentoring of aggressive, high-risk children. / Cavell, Timothy A.; Elledge, L. Christian; Malcolm, Kenya T.; Faith, Melissa A.; Hughes, Jan N.

In: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Vol. 38, No. 2, 03.2009, p. 185-198.

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Cavell, Timothy A. ; Elledge, L. Christian ; Malcolm, Kenya T. ; Faith, Melissa A. ; Hughes, Jan N. / Relationship quality and the mentoring of aggressive, high-risk children. In: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 2009 ; Vol. 38, No. 2. pp. 185-198.
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