Colley, Helen (2001) An ABC of mentors’ talk about disaffected youth: Alternative lifestyles, Benefit dependency, or Complete dunces? Youth & Policy (72). pp. 1-15. ISSN 0262-9798Metadata only available from this repository.
Draws evidence from an empirical research project to examine the assumption that mentors are empathic with the excluded youth with whom they work. Empathy is a nonjudgmental stance, & this avoidance of authoritarianism is necessary for mentors. The data come from semistructured interviews with nine pairs of volunteer undergraduates who mentored youth in a program called "New Beginnings." The results show that the mentors saw the social exclusion of the youth involved as deviance, or a threat to society. Therefore, there was little empathy for or acceptance of them. Suggestions are made for a diversity model that would locate solutions within communities, rather than trying to change the individual.
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