Date Approved

5-4-2004

Embargo Period

4-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Rowan University--Students; Learning disabled--Education (Higher)--New Jersey; Mentoring in education--New Jersey

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a mentoring program on the self-esteem of first year, learning disabled, college students. A self-esteem assessment was administered prior to the start of the mentoring process. After the students participated in the program for a semester and a half the same self-esteem assessment was given again to determine the change, if any. Also during this time the self-esteem assessment was given to a group of non-learning disabled students in the same manner. The participants attended Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. The participants varied in socioeconomic, race and major backgrounds. They were all first year students and attended college full-time. Statistical analysis showed that there was a significant increase in the pre and posttest self-esteem scores for those students with learning disabilities. However, these scores were found to be significantly lower than the scores of the non-learning disabled control group.

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