Entries by Jeremy Astesano

The untapped potential of “natural mentoring”

Informal support from known and trusted adults makes an enormous difference By Levi van Dam, Scientific American In the United States, there are more than 5,000 mentoring organizations that facilitate “stranger to stranger” matches that support young people during the challenging period of adolescence—but only 5 percent of the participants are successfully matched with a volunteering […]

How feeling comfortable in an interracial mentor-mentee relationship helps everyone get more out of it

Leitner, J. B., Ayduk, Ö., Boykin, C. M., & Mendoza-Denton, R. (2018). Reducing negative affect and increasing rapport improve interracial mentorship outcomes. PLoS ONE, 13(4), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0194123 Summarized By Jeremy Astesano Notes of interest:  In a series of four studies, researchers investigated whether decreasing negative affect and increasing rapport in a mentor-mentee relationship would help […]

What is the impact of exposure to community violence on adolescents’ mental health?

By Kendall Johnson, Society for Research on Adolescence It has been well researched that urban adolescents are also exposed to high amounts of community violence, which can affect their overall and mental well-being. Over 85% report witnessing some type of violence in their lifetime, and over 60% have been victims of violent acts. With such high levels of violence exposure, […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Melissa Levy on the importance of education in understanding diverse life experiences

Interviewed by Karina DeAndrade Chronicle (C): Can you tell us a little about your background and the research you are currently working on? Dr. Melissa Levy (ML): My professional start as a middle school teacher in the public schools piqued my interest in deepening my understanding of our educational system, and led me to pursue graduate […]

Examining the impact of mentoring practices on mentee learning for a Malaysian youth development program

Lee, K., Eric Krauss, S., Suandi, T., & Hamzah, A. (2016). Exploring the contribution of mentoring practices to mentee learning in a Malaysian youth development programme. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 21(4), 419-432. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Researchers conducted a correlational study on a group of Malaysian youth development program participants in order […]

Mentor-mentee relationships in a gender-responsive program for black girls

Brinkman, B. G., Marino, S., & Manning, L. (2018). Relationships are the heart of the work: Mentoring relationships within gender-responsive programs for black girls. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 30(4), 191–213. https://doi.org/10.1080/08952833.2018.1490618 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Researchers conducted 20 in-depth interviews with 10 black girls and 10 adult staff members from a […]

How mentoring can have a positive impact on students with learning disabilities

Haft, S. L., Chen, T., LeBlanc, C., Tencza, F., & Hoeft, F. (2019). Impact of mentoring on socio-emotional and mental health outcomes of youth with learning disabilities and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. doi:10.1111/camh.12331 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: The purpose of this quantitative study was to assess the impact […]

How mentoring can empower legally blind college students to apply for jobs

O’Mally, J., & Antonelli, K. (2016). The effect of career mentoring on employment outcomes for college students who are legally blind. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 110(5), 295-307. https://doi.org/10.1177/0145482X1611000502 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade  Notes of Interest: The purpose of this longitudinal study was to evaluate if having a mentor would increase determination and confidence […]

New research suggests how parental incarceration may affect youth health outcomes

Gifford, E. J., Eldred Kozecke, L., Golonka, M., Hill, S. N., Costello, E. J., Shanahan, L., & Copeland, W. E. (2019). Association of Parental Incarceration With Psychiatric and Functional Outcomes of Young Adults. JAMA Network Open, 2(8), e1910005. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.10005 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: This longitudinal study followed children from rural North Carolina […]