A School-Based Mentoring Case Study

Publication Date

Spring 2021

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Sarah Ochs (Director), Dr. Carl Myers, and Ms. Lauren Lamar

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


School-Based Mentoring (SBM) is a widely studied intervention with the common goal of changing a young person’s life by providing them with a positive mentor. However, there is little known information for how mentoring can affect our students receiving alternative education, who are most at risk of dropping out and failure, and specifically how mentoring contributes to the transition process at alternative schools. In this single student case study, we examined what was unique or different about this case that may have contributed to a successful transition. Specifically, we analyzed scores from the Self-Efficacy Questionnaire and qualitative information from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). This case study showed that for Ellie, the mentoring program reduced some risk behaviors, increased some protective factors, and increase her total, academic, emotional, and social self-efficacy. Limitations and future directions are discussed.


Educational Psychology | School Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

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