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Activity Number: 419 - Contributed Poster Presentations: Government Statistics Section
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Government Statistics Section
Abstract #305335
Title: The Value of Mentors for Young Adults
Author(s): Jayla Gabrielle Langford*
Companies: Purdue University
Keywords: multi-generational; mentorship; transmission; adolescents ; mentors; young adults

The goal of this study is to understand the nature and impact that adult mentors have on adolescents and young adults in the U.S. population. Using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health), I evaluate a sample of 11,434 young adults (ages 18–26 in 2001-2002) on their experiences with non-parental mentors during adolescence and young adulthood. Description of the characteristics of mentors and the type of mentorship provided are presented. The association of characteristics of mentors and type of mentorship with young adult well-being were estimated. Seventy-six percent of young adults indicated that they had a non-parental adult who made a positive difference in their life. For these young adults, 66% say these mentors are still important in their lives. These mentors were described as relatives (26%), teachers or counselors (15%), or friends (13%). These mentors were reported to primarily provide advice and guidance, emotional support, and role modeling. Preliminary analyses suggest that having an adult mentor in adolescence and young adulthood is generally associated with positive outcomes in several domains.

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