A psychological profile of potential youth mentor volunteers

Randle, Melanie, Miller, Leonie, Ciarrochi, Joseph and Dolnicar, Sara (2014) A psychological profile of potential youth mentor volunteers. Journal of Community Psychology, 42 3: 338-351. doi:10.1002/jcop.21613

Author Randle, Melanie
Miller, Leonie
Ciarrochi, Joseph
Dolnicar, Sara
Title A psychological profile of potential youth mentor volunteers
Journal name Journal of Community Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1520-6629
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jcop.21613
Open Access Status
Volume 42
Issue 3
Start page 338
End page 351
Total pages 14
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract Mentoring programs rely on adult volunteers to offer disadvantaged children friendship, role modeling, and insight into the way others relate. However, with the increasing numbers of children requiring mentors, programs are finding it difficult to attract enough volunteers. This study investigates (a) community awareness of an Australian youth mentoring program, (b) the proportion of the population who would consider becoming a mentor in future, and (c) whether those who would consider it differ significantly in their psychological characteristics. While awareness of the program is low, consideration of mentoring is relatively high. Those who would consider volunteering for the program have distinct psychological characteristics, indicating that customized marketing strategies are likely to be effective in attracting them. Findings demonstrate the potential for marketing techniques to be used effectively in the youth mentoring arena and give practical guidance as to how effective campaigns could boost numbers of mentors.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Social Work
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Social Work
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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