This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition self concept
Treatments girlpower! mentoring program, traditional mentoring
Phase phase 1/phase 2
Sponsor University of Illinois at Chicago
Collaborator National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Start date May 2005
End date February 2014
Trial size 40 participants
Trial identifier NCT00158353, DSIR 84-CTP, R21 MH69564, R21MH069564


This study will be used to determine the effectiveness of GirlPOWER!, an innovative mentoring program for adolescent minority girls living in urban areas.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
GirlPOWER! mentoring program
girlpower! mentoring program
GirlPOWER! mentoring program includes monthly 3-hour workshops for youth and mentors combined with monthly supplemental activities to be completed independently by youth-mentor pairs.
(Active Comparator)
Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based mentoring program
traditional mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters Community-Based Mentoring Program
Traditional mentoring includes a community-based mentoring program, in which the youth-mentor spends time together in activities of their choosing 2 to 4 times a month.

Primary Outcomes

Mental health
time frame: Measured at Year 1
Health behaviors
time frame: Measured at Year 1

Secondary Outcomes

Social support and social networks (including mentoring relationship quality)
time frame: Measured at Year 1
Academic achievement
time frame: Measured at Year 1

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants from 10 years up to 13 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Live in Chicago, Illinois Metropolitan area - Parent or guardian willing to provide informed consent

Additional Information

Official title Development and Evaluation of a Youth Mentoring Program
Principal investigator David L. DuBois, PhD
Description The potential benefits of adolescent mentoring programs cannot be overemphasized. Mentoring may be especially beneficial to urban-living, minority adolescents who may lack role models. The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) organization administers a widely-praised and empirically-supported program that is committed to building successful mentoring relationships between adolescents and adults in their community. In collaboration with the BBBS affiliate agency in Chicago, the PI has developed an intervention called GirlPOWER! GirlPOWER! combines mentoring with self-esteem enhancement and health education and promotion strategies. This study will determine the effectiveness of the GirlPOWER! intervention and determine its feasibility in being applied to other populations. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive either the GirlPOWER! intervention or traditional mentoring through BBBS and followed for 1 year. Participants in the GirlPOWER! group and their mentors will engage in structured activities that focus on strengthening the mentoring relationship, promoting self-esteem, reducing levels of health-compromising behaviors such as substance use and violence, and increasing levels of health-enhancing behaviors. Traditional mentoring comprises less structured activities and typically includes general discussion of an adolescent's day-to-day life and any accomplishments and challenges he or she may have experienced. Participants will be assessed at study entry, 3 months following entry, and at the end of one year. Assessments will include surveys completed by youth as well as their parents, mentors, and teachers; academic data also will be obtained from school records.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in June 2013.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Illinois at Chicago.