How Youth Benefit from Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters

In 1995, Joseph P. Tierney and Jean Baldwin Grossman with Nancy L. Resch examined the impact on youth of having a Big Brother or Big Sister. More recently, they have re-issued their findings “as a reminder that young lives, even those with serious obstacles, can be profoundly affected by social intervention.” The study tested areas of stress, the initiation of use of drugs and alcohol, social and cultural enhancement, self-concept, peer relationships, family relationships, academic outcomes, hitting, stealing, and damaging property.



All areas in antisocial activities DECREASED.

Youth in Big Brothers Big Sisters skipped class LESS, skipped school LESS.

The youth in the study IMPROVED their grades and saw an IMPROVEMENT in their scholastic competence.

The quality of parental relationships INCREASED.

Youth trusted their parents MORE.

Instances of lying to parents DECLINED.

Emotional support in peer relationships was ENHANCED.



Tierney, Joseph P., Jean Baldwin Grossman, and Nancy L. Resch. “Making a difference: An impact study of big brothers/big sisters.” (1995).

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