Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Alan Lipps

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Kyeonghee Jang

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Ben Siburt


This study investigates the impact of homelessness on adolescents’ psychosocial functioning and academic performance and explores the efficacy of mentoring programs as a potential intervention. This study aims to examine the potential of mentoring programs to improve the overall well-being of adolescents at risk of homelessness. Homelessness is often linked with negative outcomes in areas such as mental health, social functioning, and academic achievement. Therefore, this study seeks to understand whether mentoring programs can help mitigate these negative effects and promote positive outcomes in these areas. Quantitative assessments, utilizing pre-test and post-test measures, were employed to collect data from a sample of homeless adolescents, allowing for the evaluation of changes in outcomes over time. Participants’ psychosocial functioning, academic performance, and experiences with mentoring programs were assessed. Results revealed that adolescents experiencing homelessness exhibited higher psychosocial functioning and academic performance during the post-test following the implementation of the mentoring intervention. The study concludes that mentoring programs serve as a valuable intervention in addressing the negative consequences of homelessness on psychosocial functioning and academic performance among adolescents.

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