Journal article

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

Abstract

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..

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Grants

Awarded by Big Lottery funded the costs of the trial (Realizing Ambition Programme)


Funding Acknowledgements

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.