An Exploration of the Effects of Mentor-Apprentice Programs on Mentors' and Apprentices' Wellbeing

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dc.contributor.author Jenni, Barbara
dc.contributor.author Anisman, Adar
dc.contributor.author McIvor, Onowa
dc.contributor.author Jacobs, Peter
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-23T16:14:49Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-23T16:14:49Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 en_US
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Jenni, B., Anisman, A., McIvor, O. & Jacobs, P. (2017). An Exploration of the Effects of Mentor-Apprentice Programs on Mentors' and Apprentices' Wellbeing. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 12(2), 25-42. http://dx.doi.org/10.18357/ijih122201717783 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.18357/ijih122201717783
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/9246
dc.description.abstract Increasingly, adult Indigenous language learners are being identified as the “missing generation” of learners who hold great potential to contribute to the revival of Indigenous languages by acting as the middle ground between Elders, children, and youth within their communities. Our research project NEȾOLṈEW̱ “one mind, one people” studied adult Indigenous language learning through the popular Mentor-Apprentice Program method. Over a 2-year period, our team conducted interviews and focus groups with participants involved in a Mentor-Apprentice type program in British Columbia, Canada. While our primary interest was to document the successes and challenges of the Mentor-Apprentice Program method for adult Indigenous language learning, we also included interview questions that gave participants an opportunity to share how participating in such a program affected them. During data analysis, we noticed repeating comments from participants about how their involvement with a Mentor-Apprentice Program impacted their own and their community’s wellbeing; 6 exploratory themes were identified. Although studies have reported protective effects of Indigenous language use on health, health-related outcomes of language revitalization efforts remain underexplored. In addition to discussing the exploratory themes that arose from the study, our paper also proposes that these themes can inform future research in investigating the links between language revitalization and wellbeing. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This study was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Journal of Indigenous Health en_US
dc.subject Indigenous language en_US
dc.subject health en_US
dc.subject wellbeing en_US
dc.subject protective effects en_US
dc.title An Exploration of the Effects of Mentor-Apprentice Programs on Mentors' and Apprentices' Wellbeing en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US

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