Journal article

"She's just like me": The Role of the Mentor with Vulnerable Mothers and their Infants

Gaye Mitchell, Deborah Absler, Cathy Humphreys

CHILDREN AUSTRALIA | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2015

Abstract

Mentoring Mums, a community-based pilot program, exemplifies a model of volunteer home visiting to vulnerable and socially isolated new mothers and their at-risk infants. An evaluation of the program found that positive changes for both mothers and their babies had been achieved, providing the rationale for exploration of elements that made the mentoring role effective. This article undertakes this exploration through the research question: What do mothers, mentors and workers contribute to the conceptualisation of the mentor role with vulnerable mothers and their infants? The article argues that the program's effectiveness resided in a mentor role that shared primary values of befriending a..

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