Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to identify the effects of a mentoring program as a developmentally appropriate intervention for adolescents from low income families.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to identify the positive effects for both mentor and mentee of school based program through mentoring by nursing students.
Methods: A non-equivalent control group, pretest-posttest design was used in this study. The independent variable was the mentoring program, in which the mentors were nursing students and the mentees were middle school girls from low income families. The dependent variables were stress and mental health scores, and self-esteem scores. The program was conducted using various methods including group activities and personal approaches through the mentor-mentee relationship. The program was conducted between September and December, 2010 in a middle school in Wonju, South Korea. The data will be analyzed using Statistical Analysis System (SAS).
Results: At follow-up, the mentoring program will show significant effects on coping with stress and improving self-esteem among the middle school girls from low income families.
Conclusion: This mentoring program will be suggested as having potential as a developmentally appropriate intervention for stress management and self-esteem improvement of adolescents from low income families and will enable nursing students participating in the program as mentors to gain confidence in their professional capability.