Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type



Organizational Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Jeff Cranmore

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Karen Maxwell

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

B.J. McMichael


This dissertation addressed a critical public health concern stemming from the prevalence of antisocial behavior among U.S. teenagers. The study specifically tackled the lack of information regarding the components of an effective risk-reduction mentoring program for teens. The primary aim was to explore how young adult alums of a central Florida mentoring program articulated the influence of mentoring relationships that have shaped their attitudes and perceptions concerning prosocial behavior during adolescence. As a bounded qualitative case study, this research employed semistructured interviews with 11 young adult mentees from a mentoring program. Additionally, a focus group of five adult mentors who served in the program provided valuable insights. The theoretical frameworks guiding this study were social learning theory and ecological systems theory. Six overarching themes emerged from the analysis, highlighting the profound impact of mentoring on young adult prosocial behavior. The findings revealed that mentors significantly influenced young adults’ engagement in prosocial actions, leading to heightened self-worth, reduced involvement in risky behaviors, and a strengthened sense of purpose and community. This belief, in turn, fostered the growth of responsible and empathetic individuals who made positive contributions to society. In conclusion, this study contributed essential knowledge by identifying critical elements of influential teen risk-reduction mentoring programs. By illuminating the transformative power of mentoring relationships on young adults, the research emphasized the potential for these programs to instigate positive behavioral changes, creating individuals who are not only socially responsible but also valuable contributors to the broader community.

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