Author

Mathis

Date of Award

6-1998

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Douglas Davidson

Second Advisor

Dr. Linwood Cousins

Third Advisor

Dr. Susan Carlson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Little research has been done to examine the implementation of group mentoring. This study of group mentoring involving at-risk teenage African American males and successful adult African American men will provide insight into group mentoring as demonstrated through interpersonal communications.

An investigation of the composite reduction provides the foundation for establishing the following definition of the group mentoring experience. The mentees are drawn to the mentors by mutual respect developed through the use of a special language. Availability leads to bonding between the mentees and mentors. The relationships are fostered by the authenticity of both individuals while producing social enlightenment and humility which gives the mentees an enhanced self-perception. Through persuasion the mentees develop self-confidence and become more productive.

This definition presents group mentoring as a source for presenting possibilities not previously available to students. At-risk teenage African American males are encouraged to maintain their cultural authenticity and achieve goals valued in mainstream American culture.

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