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A Systematic Literature Review of How Mentors Care For Black Adolescent Males

Spradley, Paul (2017) A Systematic Literature Review of How Mentors Care For Black Adolescent Males. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this inductive systematic literature review was to explore mentoring programs serving Black adolescent males and search for practical ways mentors can better support their Black male mentees. Using Geneva Gay’s work on culturally responsive care as a conceptual framework, my review of the literature was guided by two questions: (1) What promising practices of mentoring emerge from a review of the literature over the last 20 years; and (2) What themes of caring mentors and mentoring of Black males emerge from the literature? Using the University of Pittsburgh's PittCat+ comprehensive online database, I began with the search term 'Mentoring AND Black Males', and included search parameters of peer-reviewed/scholarly studies from the last 20 years. Additional included and excluded subject terms helped narrow the results. Of the 200 remaining studies, 16 specifically explored mentoring programs primarily serving Black adolescent males and included examples of mentors “caring for” mentees. Examples of “caring for” were color coded into a database, and the data was synthesized through thematic analysis to ascertain my findings. Six themes of care emerged as practices of mentors serving Black adolescent males. The six themes included: safety, emotional care, culture affirming care, social care, academic care and organizational care. Among the major findings was the indication that the
themes were hierarchical with organizational care serving as a foundation for which the other examples of care are predicated. Similarly, the theme of safety appeared to serve as a prerequisite in the mentor/mentee relationship for which the other themes could be practiced effectively. The findings are significant because they support a dearth of literature on the mentoring of Black adolescent males from a strength-based perspective, and positions mentoring as a tool to care and not as a tool to “fix.” The findings in this review may also serve as a means to address disparities between the negative educational experience of some Black boys and other adolescent students.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Spradley, Paulpds19@pitt.edupds190000-0003-1228-3637
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMilner,
Committee MemberDelale O'Connor, Lori
Committee MemberMitchell,
Date: 29 August 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 11 May 2017
Approval Date: 29 August 2017
Submission Date: 27 June 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 97
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mentoring;Black Adolescent Males; Systematic Literature Review; Mentors; Culturally Responsive Care;
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2017 00:14
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2017 00:14

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