Entries by Jeremy Astesano

The Urban Institute releases “Skilling Up: The Scope of Modern Apprenticeship”

The Urban Institute, an organization seeking to improve the “well-being of people and places in the United States,” has recently published an assessment of the state of apprenticeship. Find below a description of the report from its abstract, and a link to the full document: The apprenticeship movement is reshaping skills, policies, and programs in […]

APA releases new guidelines on race and ethnicity for psychologists

The American Psychological Association (APA) has recently published a set of guidelines entitled “APA Guidelines on Race and Ethnicity: Promoting Responsiveness and Equity,” which seek to inform psychologists in a demographically ever-changing United States to help their constituents understand and optimize their treatment and practice, emphasizing awareness and sensitivity to the racial and ethnic background […]

How can researchers study developmental constructs over time when age-appropriate measures change as their sample ages?

By Sarah Beal, Society for Research on Adolescence Studying change in depressive symptoms in youth over time poses specific challenges for researchers related to both change in symptom manifestation and change in age-validated measurement. Assessing change in mental health, such as depressive symptoms, across development is particularly challenging for two related reasons. First, the symptoms […]

Attend the Nordic Mentoring Summit!

On November 14th, the first Nordic Mentoring Summit – will be arranged in Oslo, Norway. The aim is to provide an arena for mentoring professionals, researchers, government and civic leaders to meet to collectively strengthen and expand quality mentoring relationships for youth and other underrepresented target groups across the Nordics. The goal with the summit is to […]

How to support the adolescent activists in your life

Mimi Arbeit, Society for Research on Adolescence We are watching them mobilize across the country: youth fighting for gun control; youth fighting for a Clean DREAM Act; youth fighting against police brutality and structural racism. Here are ways you can offer support to the adolescent activists in your life — and maybe also help a young person along the pathway […]

These three factors influence mentor-mentee relationship quality

Kern, L., Harrison, J., Custer, B., & Mehta, P. (2019). Factors That Enhance the Quality of Relationships Between Mentors and Mentees During Check & Connect. Behavioral Disorders, 44(3), 148-161. Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: This study examined methods to mitigate school dropout and increase student engagement by looking to promote feelings of connectedness and a sense […]

Poverty, not war trauma, harms cognition in child refugees

By Mike Cummings, Futurity  Poverty, not war-related trauma, drives cognitive deficits in child refugees displaced by conflict, according to a new study of adolescents affected by the crisis in Syria. While somewhat unexpected, given the high levels of war exposure in Syrian refugees, the findings align with recent studies of US children living in adversity, […]

New research on how to systematically improve mentoring programs through the implementation of evidence-based best practices

Lachance, L., Watson, C., Blais, D., Ungar, M., Healey, G., Salaffie, M., Sundar, P., Kelly, L., Lagace, M. C. (2019). Strengthening child and youth programs: A look at inter-organizational mentoring strategies. Evaluation and Program Planning, 76, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101679 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: The purpose of this study was to examine an effort by […]