E-Mentoring for All

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Abstract

Electronic mentoring appears to have great potential for youth with special needs since it is an accessible communication medium that provides an opportunity to exchange practical information and support and to experience an accepting relationship with less prejudice. To date, few electronic mentoring intervention programs have been designed especially to support the psychological needs of youth with special needs. This paper presents the results of a study that evaluated an electronic mentoring intervention program designed to provide social and emotional support for protégés with disabilities by mentors who also have disabilities. Using a primarily qualitative research design, the study characterized the electronic mentoring process and its contributions to this population. The findings provided support for the potential of electronic mentoring for personal development and empowerment of youth with special needs. Furthermore, the findings supported the usability and utility of the e-mentoring intervention based on a conceptual framework that characterized an electronic support process for people with special needs. Implications for implementing feasible electronic mentoring programs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)919-928
Number of pages10
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the protégés and the mentors who participated in the e-mentoring intervention program and cooperated in the accompanied study. We acknowledge the chief executive and the administrator of PERACH which approved and cooperated in establishment and implementation of the new e-mentoring program. We also acknowledge the professional school staff persons who assisted through all the way of implementation the program. This study was supported by scholarships from PERACH ( http://www.perach.org.il/English ), a research grant from MEITAL ( http://meital.iucc.ac.il ), an Inter-University Center for e-Learning (IUCEL), and financial support from LIRT, Laboratory for Innovations in Rehabilitation Technology ( http://hw.haifa.ac.il/occupa/LIRT ) at the University of Haifa, Israel.

Keywords

  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Disabilities
  • Electronic mentoring
  • Online support
  • People with special needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology (all)

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