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Cognitive Behavioral Principles Within Group Mentoring: A Randomized Pilot Study

NCJ Number
Child and Family Behavior Therapy Volume: 31 Issue: 3 Dated: 2009 Pages: 203-19
Jason F. Jent ; Larissa N. Niec
Date Published
September 2009
17 pages

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a group mentoring programs that included components of empirically supported mentoring and cognitive behavioral techniques for children served at a community mental health center.


Eighty-six 8- to 12-year-old children were randomly assigned to either group mentoring or a wait-list control group. Group mentoring significantly increased children's reported social problem-solving skills and decreased parent-reported child externalizing and internalizing behavior problems after controlling for other concurrent mental health services. Attrition from the group mentoring program was notably low (7%) for children. The integration of a cognitive behavioral group mentoring program into children's existing community mental health services may result in additional reductions in externalizing and internalizing behavior problems. (Published abstract provided)