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Initial motives and organizational context enabling female mentors' engagement in formal mentoring: a qualitative study from the mentors' perspective
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper.
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-6633-1636
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-0185-0851
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för juridik, psykologi och socialt arbete. Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. (Center for Developmental Research)ORCID-id: 0000-0001-7456-2397
2016 (engelsk)Inngår i: Children and youth services review, ISSN 0190-7409, E-ISSN 1873-7765, Vol. 71, s. 17-26Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

Mentoring aimed at supporting young people and their development shows promising results, but its delivery is threatened by the difficulty of recruiting sufficient numbers of mentors and keeping them engaged over time. The aim of this study was to help overcome this problem by examining female mentors’ motives for engaging in formal voluntary mentoring of young women, and exploring how organizations can facilitate these mentors’ satisfaction in staying engaged over time. Based on qualitative interviews with 12 mentors in a Swedish non-governmental organization, the Girls Zone, we show six categories of mentor motives related to initial motivation for engagement: self-interested reasons, empowering women, being a responsible citizen, sense of compassion, self-awareness, and longing for meaningfulness. In addition, we show five categories related to the organizational work of satisfying mentors: a win-win relationship, a feeling of ambivalence despite clear responsibilities and contributions, customized support and guidance, a caring organizational identity, and a commitment to pursue with feelings of duty and emotional connection. Using Self-Determination Theory as the framework to guide our understanding of the findings, we conclude that mentors’ motivations for engaging as mentors are linked to the fulfillment of basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Practical recommendations are offered in light of the findings.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 71, s. 17-26
Emneord [en]
Motives, organizational context, self-determination theory, female mentors, community-based mentoring
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
Folkhälsovetenskap
Identifikatorer
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53053DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.10.026ISI: 000390642400004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84992409200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-53053DiVA, id: diva2:1038975
Forskningsfinansiär
Public Health Agency of Sweden Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-10-20 Laget: 2016-10-20 Sist oppdatert: 2017-11-29bibliografisk kontrollert
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1. Formal Female Mentoring Relationship as Health Promotion
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2016 (engelsk)Licentiatavhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

The transition from adolescence to adulthood can bring with it mental health problems, resulting in reduced mental well-being among young women and an increasing public health issue. Perceived mental health problems can be a major obstacle to personal development and opportunities for becoming established in society. Thus, promotive interventions are needed.

The overall aim of this thesis was to explore women’s experience of mentoring relationships as health promotion from the perspectives of both parties in the dyad: the young woman transitioning from adolescence to adulthood (the protégé), and her ten-year-older female mentor.

This thesis used a practice-based approach to investigate a group of participants involved in a Swedish non-governmental organization, the Girls Zone. Data collection was conducted including interviews (n = 5) and surveys (n = 52) with female protégés, and interviews with female mentors (n = 12). Study I explored the characteristics of the female protégés and the development of the mentoring relationship, and used mixed methods. Study II, which investigated mentors’ initial motives and the organizational context which enabled the mentors’ engagement, used an explorative qualitative method.

This thesis showed that female mentoring relationships seem to have potential to be a health-promoting intervention. A variety of young women were attracted to the mentoring program, and mentorships in line with the perspectives of relational-cultural theory could meet the relationship needs expressed by the female protégés. Further, mentors’ motivations for engaging as mentors were linked to the fulfillment of basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness, in accordance with the perspective of self-determination theory.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2016
Serie
Örebro Studies in Care Sciences, ISSN 1652-1153 ; 67
Emneord
Health Promotion, formal mentoring, intervention, young women, female mentors, motivation, organizational context, non-governmental organization, relational-cultural theory, seöf-determination theory
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
Folkhälsovetenskap
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-55263 (URN)
Opponent
Veileder
Forskningsfinansiär
Public Health Agency of Sweden
Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-03-09 Laget: 2017-02-02 Sist oppdatert: 2019-04-05bibliografisk kontrollert

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