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Master of Arts




Misener, Laura


This study examined the use of physical activity-based mentorship programs to positively influence student mental health and resilience in post-secondary institutions. The process of relationship building was observed through regularly implemented physical activity interactions over time. The purpose was to determine the ability of a physical activity-based mentorship relationship to positively influence student resilience. A participatory action research methodology was used to engage with a population of ninety undergraduate Kinesiology students (30 mentors:60 protégés) over an eight-month period. Sixty interviews and thirteen focus groups were conducted, and fifteen-hundred pages of journal reflections were consulted to further understand the relationship building process. Results indicated that increased resilience and growth were demonstrated by both mentors and protégés occurring through the creation of a student community, and an increased adherence to regular physical activity. Time and the mentor:protégé pairing process were necessary considerations for future programs of this nature.