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Title: Promoting Well-Being in School-Based Mentoring Through Basic Psychological Needs Support: Does It Really Count?
Authors: Simões, Francisco 
Alarcão, Madalena 
Keywords: School-based mentoring; Basic psychological needs; Well-being
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Project: SRFH/BD/60823/2009 
Serial title, monograph or event: Journal of Happiness Studies
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Abstract: The main goal of this research was to assess whether satisfying basic psychological needs (BPN) in a Portuguese school-based mentoring (SBM) program improved the mentored students' well-being. One uncommon feature of this program was that the mentors were also teachers of the mentees. A two-wave experimental study design was implemented to compare the mentored ( n = 157) and non-mentored students ( n = 160). Surveys were completed twice, with a 6-month interval between time points 1 and 2. The results indicate that SBM that was associated with increased support for BPN was the most effective condition for promoting academic well-being, particularly in terms of improving the mentored students' perceptions of their school environment. However, no significant differences between the mentored and non-mentored students were detected regarding personal well-being (e.g., psychological well-being) and social well-being (e.g., peer support). These findings suggest that the balanced support of BPN was important in this particular SBM program. This support and enduring mentoring relationships can facilitate the general improvement of the mentored students' well-being.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/36508
ISSN: 1389-4978
1573-7780
DOI: 10.1007/s10902-013-9428-9
10.1007/s10902-013-9428-9
Rights: openAccess
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