The Effectiveness of a Community-Based Mentoring Program for Children Aged 5-11 Years: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial
Nick Axford, Gretchen Bjornstad, Justin Matthews, Laura Whybra, Vashti Berry, Obioha C Ukoumunne, Tim Hobbs, Zoe Wrigley, Lucy Brook, Rod Taylor, Tim Eames, Angeliki Kallitsoglou, Sarah Blower, Georgina Warner
PREVENTION SCIENCE | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2020
The study, a two-arm, randomized controlled, parallel group, superiority trial, aimed to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of a 12-month one-to-one volunteer mentoring program designed to improve behavioral and emotional outcomes in children aged 5 to 11 years who have teacher- and parent/carer-reported behavioral difficulties. Participants were 246 children (123 intervention, 123 control; mean age 8.4 years; 87% boys) in five sites in London, UK, scoring in the "abnormal" range on the teacher-rated Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) Total Difficulties measure and in the "borderline" or abnormal range on the parent-rated SDQ Total Difficulties measure. Randomization o..View full abstract
Awarded by Big Lottery funded the costs of the trial (Realizing Ambition Programme)
Big Lottery funded the costs of the trial (Realizing Ambition Programme Grant: Agreement 30118942). The design, management, statistical analysis, and reporting of the trial were fully independent of the funder and Chance UK.