College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Summer 8-20-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Kathryn Grant, PhD

Second Advisor

Jocelyn S. Carter, PhD


Positive academic effects of mentoring interventions have bee established, but little is known about how and why mentoring interventions are effective. Understanding the mechanisms or constructs that enable mentoring effects would allow researchers to better generalize these types of interventions across populations. This present study explored the construct, locus of control, and examined its effects on academic achievement in the context of mentorship. In the present study, 87 urban, low-income middle school youth participated in a randomized controlled trial intervention, entitled The Cities Mentor Project. Cities Mentor Project provides coping trainings, and access to mentors and community organizations, to further develop skills essential for positive youth development. Youth completed a battery of questionnaires that included a subscale measure on locus of control, Academic grades were also collected. This study was conducted to better understand if locus of control is a mechanism that helps explain how and why mentoring “works.”

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