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The Influence of the Monitored Youth Mentoring Program for Adolescents with Behavioural Problems and Behavioural Disorders

Sofija Boras
Zora Itković Zuckerman

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This aimed to measure the influence of the Monitored Youth Mentoring Program (MYMP) for adolescents with behavioural
problems and behavioural disorders. The MYMP commenced in 1997 and was completed in 2003. The model of
the program was for one university student of Pedagogy to mentor one pupil between the ages of 13 and 17 years, demonstrating
risk seeking behaviours for a whole school year. The specimen group was made up of 141 pupils, approximately
20 pupils from each year level. The short-term goal was to influence positive change in participants demonstrating risk
seeking behaviour. The long-term goal was to enhance the respective school’s programs to enable preventative approaches
to lessen negative and risk seeking behaviours amongst pupils with behavioural problems and behavioural disorders.
The research results demonstrate statistically significant success of the applied program in two measured variables.
Firstly, learning success (p<0.05), and secondly a decrease in truancy and disciplinary misdemeanours (p<0.05). Both
of which were observed in participants with behavioural problems. The program was not as successful for participants
with behavioural disorders, but not without some effect. Although the program can be generally described as achieving a
medium level of success, the fact that there was a lack of progressive worsening in participant’s behaviour is a substantial
bi-product of the program. The mentors involved in the program made it extremely clear by their feedback that,
MYMP positively enhanced their formal Pedagogy training, through hands-on practise that they otherwise would not
have received through their academic programs. They were provided with vital exposure to a preventative program and
managed to gain insight into the possibilities of introducing early intervention and prevention into Croatian schools.

Ključne riječi

youth mentoring, pedagogy, risky behaviour, case study, Zadar, Croatia

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