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Telitsyna A., Arakantseva T., Zavodilkina O. CHILD WELFARE. 2020. Vol. 97. No. 5. P. 23-50.

This study examines the different perceptions about the role of mentors between youth who are at risk and institutionalized versus those who are family-based in the Russian Federation. The present study was conducted using a survey questionnaire with respondents between the ages of 15 and 23 in Moscow. Data analysis was conducted on 1,110 responses using Pearson’s chi-squared test, Pearson correlation coefficient, and t-test. Results indicate that youth who are institutionalized and at risk, more than their family-based peers, perceived the mentor to be their friend—a person with whom they can establish a close and trusting relationship. For respondents who were family-based, the mentor was perceived as a professional who taught them certain educational and vocational skills. The study also revealed the need for more attention to the psychosocial needs of youth at risk who are family-based. This has implications for the recruitment and training of mentors in the Russian Federation.

Added: Mar 15, 2020