CitationGowdy, Grace; Fruiht, Veronica; Tadese, Helen; & Rivera, March (2022). One of these things is not like the other: Predictors of core and capital mentoring in adolescence. American Journal of Community Psychology.
AbstractInformal mentoring has many demonstrated impacts on young people, including increased educational attainment, economic mobility, and both physical and mental health. Emerging work on a typology within informal mentoring suggests that “core” mentors are often extended family members and provide emotional support, while “capital” mentors are connected to formal institutions and provide valued advice and social capital. The present paper contributes to this emerging body of work by examining which qualities of a young person and their environment lead to core versus capital mentoring using a nationally representative sample of youth (N = 4226). Using both a series of regression analyses and conditional inference trees, findings demonstrate the importance of racial-ethnic identity and socioeconomic status. Peabody Picture Vocabulary score, a likely indicator of socioeconomic resources, was consistently a robust indicator of capital mentoring. Implications for both practice and research are discussed.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleAmerican Journal of Community Psychology