A 3 page research paper that offers a study critique on 2 sections of a study article. In a research study article posted on the National Criminal Justice Reference Service site, Herrara, Vang and Gale (2002) offer a detailed description of their study design and methodology, which examined the characteristics and efficacy of three group mentoring programs. This examination of this study describes the research design and methods analysis that was utilized in completing this investigation. No additional sources cited.
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three group mentoring programs. The following examination of this study describes the research design and methods analysis that was utilized in completing this investigation. Research design: The three programs
chosen to be the focus of the study were selected because they have shown promising results and because each on presents a distinctly different approach. The programs were YouthFriends located
in Kansas City; TEAMWORKS program located in Los Angeles and the Group Mentoring Program of the Be-A-Friend, Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program of Erie County (Herrara, Vang and Gale, 2002).
The data for the study was collected for two earlier studies commission by Public/Private Ventures (P/PV). The data are qualitative in nature, as it was drawn from interviews with 291
mentors working with youth in groups and 802 mentors working with youths on a one-on-one basis. The first study using the data described the characteristics of the mentoring groups and
their participants; the second reported on the mentoring staff; and this study, the third in the series, compares the mentoring programs. The overall purpose of the study is to
offer "insights about the form and function of mentoring groups and the potential of this approach to create mentoring relationships, yield benefits for youth and provide a valuable complement to
the traditional one-on-one model" (Herrara, Vang and Gale, 2002, p. 4). Prior to presenting their method analysis section, the researchers stress that their studys intension as not to offer an
evaluation of the programs that would judge one as superior to the others, rather, the purpose was to describe the "dynamics and processes at work in different types of groups"
in which mentoring occurs (Herrara, Vang and Gale, 2002, p. 5). Methods analysis: As this is a qualitative research study, which draws on data obtained from interviews, the analytical