E-mentoring for youth with special needs: Preliminary results

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Recently, a growing number of electronic mentoring (e-mentoring) Web sites have become available that provide vocational and career support. To date, few researchers have addressed the phenomenon of e-mentoring from a socioemotional perspective for populations with special needs. This paper presents a pilot study designed to test and evaluate an e-mentoring intervention program based on mutual self-disclosure and friendship for youth with special needs. Using qualitative methods, the study characterized the e-mentoring process and its contributions to this population. Results provided support for the socioemotional potential of computer-mediated communication for youth with special needs, although some barriers were found. Practical implications for implementing feasible e-mentoring programs for youth with special needs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-200
Number of pages5
JournalCyberpsychology and Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Applied Psychology


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