Reported outcomes for young people who mentor their peers: a literature review
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Reported outcomes for young people who mentor their peers: a literature review

Lesley Douglas Doctoral student, School of Health, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
Debra Jackson Director, Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research, Oxford Brookes University, England
Cindy Woods Senior research fellow, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
Kim Usher Professor of nursing, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia

Mental health issues among young people are increasing and many young people will require support. Mentoring programmes are an effective strategy for the development of positive health and well-being in young people. Evidence suggests that peers have more influence in altering young people’s behaviour than adults, and adolescent peer-to-peer mentoring programmes are becoming more common. However, there is little evidence to support the effectiveness of these programmes in terms of mentor outcomes. This literature review examined mentor outcomes of peer-to-peer mentoring as an intervention for young people. The review aimed to identify published evaluations of peer-to-peer mentoring, describe the characteristics of the included studies, critique the methodological quality, and describe the reported strengths and limitations in the existing evidence to inform future interventions. The review highlighted the limited literature on mentor outcomes but provides some evidence that young mentors can be effective in providing positive mentoring to their peers.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1328

Citation

Douglas L, Jackson D, Woods C et al (2018) Reported outcomes for young people who mentor their peers: a literature review. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1328

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

ldougla7@myune.edu.au

Conflict of interest

Lesley Douglas is a full-time PhD candidate supported by an Australian government research training programme scholarship

Published online: 20 August 2018

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