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dc.contributor.advisorBrady, Bernadine
dc.contributor.authorBrumovská, Tereza
dc.description.abstractThis longitudinal qualitative study explores experiences and understandings of the mentoring role in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Czech Republic mentoring programme, using a phenomenological approach. In particular, the study explores mentors’ initial motivation for volunteering and its impact on mentoring experiences, and the quality and dynamics of developed formal youth mentoring relationships. As such, it explores in detail the characteristics and dynamics of helping processes that do or do not mediate mentoring benefits such as provided social supports to children. In addition, it explores the risks and ethical dilemmas associated with formal youth mentoring involvement. It highlights both the risks of the mentoring role and the characteristics of quality that mediate mentoring benefits. Thus, it illuminates the pathways through which formal mentors do or do not become significant adults for children and young people in formal youth mentoring relationships and interventions. It contributes to theory, research and practice with: 1) a longitudinal qualitative methodology that has not been used before, 2) the use of the theoretical framework of Self-Determination theory that has not been applied in a similar context to date, 3) findings in relation to detailed pathways of helping processes in formal youth mentoring relationships and interventions. The characteristics and dynamics of 1) controlling, and 2) autonomy supportive formal youth mentoring relationships are identified and subsequent recommendations for future research and practice in formal mentoring relationships and interventions are made.en_IE
dc.subjectYouth mentoring relationshipsen_IE
dc.subjectSocial contexten_IE
dc.subjectSignificant adultsen_IE
dc.subjectYouth mentoring interventionsen_IE
dc.subjectYouth mentoringen_IE
dc.subjectPolitical Science and Sociologyen_IE
dc.titleInitial motivation and its impact on quality and dynamics in formal youth mentoring relationships: A longitudinal qualitative studyen_IE
dc.contributor.funderPRTLI4 Funding awarded by the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galwayen_IE
dc.local.noteThe researcher tracked 11 formal mentoring relationships formed in Big Brothers Big Sisters the Czech Republic programme from the 1st month and then after 5th and 10th months of their mentoring involvement. The thesis focused on exploration of motivation of mentoring commitment of volunteers that supported socially-disadvantaged children and young people in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Consequently, it shows how the quality of initial motivations of volunteers impacted on characteristics, quality and dynamics of mentoring relationships they developed with mentees. Thesis has implications for a good evidence-based practice of youth mentoring interventions. It draws attention to a play developed in the beneficial mentoring relationships, and shows how experience of shared play mediated the quality and benefits of mentoring. In addition, it shows the risks of formal mentoring relationships in in-depth details and rises some ethical issues of formal youth mentoring interventions. Finally, it gives recommendations for evidence-based practice for managers, volunteers and other stakeholders of formal youth mentoring interventions.en_IE

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