The role of E-mentorship in a virtual world for youth transplant recipients.

Journal of pediatric oncology nursing : official journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses

PubMedID: 20966162

Cantrell K, Fischer A, Bouzaher A, Bers M. The role of E-mentorship in a virtual world for youth transplant recipients. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2010;27(6):344-55.
Because of geographic distances, many youth transplant recipients do not have the opportunity to meet and form relationships with peers who have undergone similar experiences. This article explores the role of E-mentorship in virtual environments. Most specifically, by analyzing data from a study conducted with the Zora virtual world with pediatric transplant recipients, suggestions and recommendations are given for conceiving the role of virtual mentors and allocating the needed resources. Zora is a graphical virtual world designed to create a community that offers psychoeducational support and the possibility of participating in virtual activities following a curriculum explicitly designed to address issues of school transition and medical adherence. Activities are designed to foster relationships, teach technological skills, and facilitate the formation of a support network of peers and mentors.This article addresses the research question, "What makes a successful E-mentorship model in virtual worlds for children with serious illnesses?" by looking at E-mentoring patterns such as time spent online, chat analysis, initiation of conversation, initiation of activities, and out-of-world contact.