Mentoring as service-learning: The relationship between perceived peer support and outcomes for college women mentors

Marshall, Jenna H.; Lawrence, Edith C.; Williams, Joanna Lee; Peugh, James


Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
47 38-46 DOI: 10.1016/j.stueduc.2015.07.001


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This study examined whether peer support was related to psychosocial outcomes for college women serving as youth mentors in the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP), a service-learning mentoring program. The outcomes assessed were college students’ ethnocultural empathy and their sense of competence, relatedness, and autonomy. Data included questionnaires completed by YWLP mentors (YWLP; n = 227) and college women with (CS; n = 230) and without (no CS; n = 105) alternative community service involvement. Results showed that YWLP mentors’ level of perceived peer support was associated with stronger outcomes in autonomy as compared to the CS group and in ethnocultural empathy as compared to both comparison groups. These findings extend the literature on effective support for college service-learning participants. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Service-learning; Higher education; Mentoring; Peer support; Self-determination theory; Ethnocultural empathy

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