College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles

Title

Examining natural mentoring relationships (NMRs) among self-identified gay, bisexual, and questioning (GBQ) male youth

ISBN or ISSN

0190-7409

Publication Title

Children and Youth Services Review

Volume

34

Issue

1

Publication Date / Copyright Date

1-1-2012

First Page

8

Last Page

14

DOI Number

10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.12.018

Abstract

Scholars have identified the presence of natural mentoring relationships (NMRs) as one of a set of protective factors that promote and protect the health and well-being of “at-risk” and marginalized youth. While this work has informed our understanding of the importance of NMRs for supporting youth and promoting positive development, it has only just begun to extend its inquiry focus onto the lives of same-sex attracted (SSA) youth (e.g., gay and bisexual youth). Thirty-nine in-depth interviews with self-identified gay, bisexual, and questioning (GBQ) male youth (ages 15–22) were qualitatively analyzed for the presence, form, and function of NMRs. Results from this inquiry revealed that participants identified a diverse range of “natural mentors” and that the provision of social support was of thematic prominence in these relationships. Results from this effort are here presented. Clinical and programming implications, as well as directions for future work are discussed.

Disciplines

Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy

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