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The importance of a mentoring program in strengthening female youths and promoting female mental health
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Forskarteamet för utvärdering av frivilligorganisationers alkohol- och drogförebyggande arbete)
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Forskarteamet för utvärdering av frivilligorganisationers alkohol- och drogförebyggande arbete)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6633-1636
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for Developmental Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7456-2397
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. (Forskarteamet för utvärdering av frivilligorganisationers alkohol- och drogförebyggande arbete)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0185-0851
2013 (English)In: Nobel Day Festivities 10th of December 2013, Book of Abstracts, 2013Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Young females report overall lower moods, more negative self-concepts and more psychosomatic disorders compared to boys. Tjejzonen (the Girl zone) is a NGO in Sweden targeting female youths to prevent mental health problems and to strengthening girls´ self-esteem, confidence and trust. Dyads of a young girl 12-25 years old, the Little sister (LS), and a ten year older girl, the Big sister (BS) (mentor), meet twice a month to talk about issues important to the LS. A BS’s role is to be someone girls can talk to, be inspired from and be supported by.

Objective: The study is examining the importance of the mentoring program. What do this mentoring program and the relationship mean to the LSs?

Methods: As part of a larger study, five LSs who had met their BSs for at least 6 months participated in semi-structured interviews analyzed using inductive qualitative content analysis.

Results: The LS were strengthened by the relationships. The BS had limited information about the LS before they met and the LS were in control of what information to share with their mentors. The LS had strong positions in the mentoring program. They were taken seriously and treated with respect. The BS did not judge them and were good listeners. The LS also expressed that the relationships contributed to their personal development, increased the self-insights and constructive handling of feelings.

Conclusions: The mentoring program can contribute to increased empowerment among female youth. This will be further analyzed in the on-going longitudinal study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2013.
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Public health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-35224OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-35224DiVA, id: diva2:720716
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Nobel Day Festivities 10th of December 2013, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University
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Med kraft och viljaAvailable from: 2014-06-02 Created: 2014-06-02 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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