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Systematic mapping of research on voluntary mentoring programs for adults

Key message

The Directorate of Integration and Diversity commissioned a systematic literature search and mapping of studies examining voluntary mentoring programmes for adults. This systematic mapping will be used as the basis for examining the possibility of conducting a systematic review on the same topic area. In the voluntary sector, mentoring programs are often aimed at target groups which, for various reasons, are at the margins of society. Mentoring is thus used as a strategy to support people who are unemployed, are immigrants or lack social capital.


  • Systematic searches were performed in PsychInfo, OvidMedline, EMBASE, ISI Web of Science, ProQuestdatabasene (ERIC, Sociological Abstracts, Social Work Abstracts, Pilots), Bibsys, Libris, Social Care Online, Campbell Library,   and the Cochrane Library.
  • Searches for grey (unpublished) literature were performed in OpenGrey, SsRN, relevant websites and using Google and Google Scholar
  • A total of  3352 unique references were identified
  • 87 references were considered relevant following the screening of titles and abstracts
  • References were coded according to keywords on study design, target population, intervention and reported outcomes


In this report we have mapped and listed the included references, but we have not read the articles in full, critically appraised their methodological quality, or synthesised their conclusions.

About this publication

  • Year: 2012
  • By: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services
  • Authors Munthe-Kaas HM, Kurtze N, Hammerstrøm KT.
  • ISBN (digital): 978-82-8121-479-8