Entries by Ariel Ervin

Relationship Education for Youth Who Have Faced Adversity

By Mindy Herman-Stahl, Sydney J. Briggs, Lisa Kim, & Elizabeth Wildsmith, MAST Caring and intimate relationships are critical to individuals’ well-being throughout their lifespan.1,2 Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) programs are designed to build skills that improve relationship quality for adult couples, individuals, co-parents, and youth. Historically, a segment of HMRE programs has focused […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Ariana Rivens discusses new study on intergenerational disclosure

Ariana J. Rivens is a clinical psychology doctoral student in the University of Virginia Graduate Schoolof Arts and Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Noelle Hurd Rivens, A. J., Billingsley, J. T., & Hurd, N. M. (2021). Understanding Factors Associated With Intimate Disclosure Between Black Youth and Nonparental Familial Adults. Journal of  Research on Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12682 Reposted […]

Re-Engaging Youth in Out-of-School Spaces

By Ashlee Sjogren, Youth-Nex Highlights: Engaging students in out-of-school spaces is critical to supporting the whole student. Peers, families, program content, and a fun environment all serve as sources of engagement that programs can optimize on. However, both interpersonal tensions and repetition of content can be reasons that middle school students decide not to engage […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Dr. Alex Werntz about “that magic key ingredient” of mentoring and paraprofessional service delivery

Interviewed by Jean Rhodes Alexandra Werntz  is a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Jean Rhodes at the Center for Evidence-based Mentoring and with Dr. Bethany Teachman at the University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia in 2020, specializing in supportive accountability for technology-delivered interventions. Her dissertation focused on […]

A Toolkit for Child Welfare Agencies to Help Young People Heal and Thrive During and After Natural Disasters

By Jessica Dym Bartlett, Rebecca L. Vivrette, Akiva Liberman, Allison Hebert, & Margaret Haas, Child Trends The United States is among the top five countries in the world that are most affected by natural disasters, with an average of over 20 natural disasters per year from 2010-2020. Approximately 14 percent of children and youth have […]

Important new systematic review of e-mentoring: Implications for youth health

Kaufman, M. R., Levine, D., Casella, A., & DuBois, D. L. (2021). E-Mentoring to Address Youth Health: A Systematic Review. Adolescent Research Review. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40894-021-00172-3 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: E-mentoring has become more popular over the years. However, despite the fact that e-mentoring is being incorporated into more youth mentoring programs, there is still limited […]

What enhancements increase adherence in self-guided, web-based interventions? New study provides insights

Moskowitz, J. T., Addington, E. L., Shiu, E., Bassett, S. M., Schuette, S., Kwok, I., Freedman, M.E., Leykin, Y., Saslow, L. R., Cohn, M. A., & Cheung, E. O. (2021). Facilitator Contact, Discussion Boards, and Virtual Badges as Adherence Enhancements to a Web-Based, Self-guided, Positive Psychological Intervention for Depression: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(9), […]

The opportunities and pitfalls of increasing formal youth mentoring program efforts to address loneliness

Keller, T. E., Perry, M., & Spencer, R. (2020). Reducing Social Isolation Through Formal Youth Mentoring: Opportunities and Potential Pitfalls. Clinical Social Work Journal, 48(1), 35–45. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-019-00727-x Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although research primarily examines the impact of loneliness and social isolation on the aging population, not many scholars examine how they affect young […]