Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Scott Harrington

Second Advisor

Dr. Jeanette Seaberry

Third Advisor

Dr. Ray Ziebarth


The purpose of this study was to compare the behaviors of urban elementary students who were involved in a tutoring/mentoring program with urban elementary students who were not involved in a tutoring/mentoring program. The sample for this study consisted of 13 students enrolled in an urban elementary school in the metropolitan area. The study included five elementary classrooms involving students from grade one through grade three. The study incorporated a Quasi-Experimental Pretest-Posttest design. The control group consisted of elementary students who were tested and the experimental group which consisted of elementary students who were tested and also attended the tutoring/mentoring program. Using the convenience sample, subjects were placed in the experimental group of the control group dependent upon parental permission. The instrument used for data collection was the Child Behavior Checklist. ANCOVA was run on the data using the pretest as the covariate with alpha at .05. No significant difference was found between the control group and the experimental group. Sample size and inequivalent groups at the beginning of the experiment contributed to the lack of significant findings.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Counseling and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Suzi Yokley July, 1999