Entries by Jean Rhodes

Resources for helping youth navigate mental health issues

A Mental Health Crisis Among Our Youth Mental health issues among children and teens in the United States are on the rise. Learn more about this worrisome trend from various angles. The Toll of Covid-19: During the pandemic, the number of children and adolescents needing urgent mental health care spiked. Rise in Suicide Among Black Youth: A recent study uncovered a sharp […]

Summer memories and a major study on friendship and mobility

by Jean Rhodes When I was growing up Allendale, NJ in the 1960’s and 70’s, a family’s social class didn’t define life and determine social mobility the way it does now. Resources varied pretty widely across neighborhoods and families, but Allendale’s 6,000 residents all seemed to know each other. We all spent our long, unscheduled […]

Why mentor?: New study has surprising implications for mentor recruitment and retention

Jean Rhodes Despite strenuous efforts, many mentoring programs  struggle to recruit enough volunteers for all of the youth who need them.  A major barrier is the fact that, unlike other forms of volunteering, mentoring requires a sustained and relatively intensive  commitment. In some mentoring programs, for example, volunteers are expected to meet with their mentees […]

Recommended Podcast: Brooklyn Raney Explains How to Build Strong Connections & Healthy Boundaries with Young People

Brooklyn L. Raney Jun 7, 2022 One Trusted Adult: How to Build Strong Connections & Healthy Boundaries with Young People 2019 In a world facing more shootings, suicides, substance abuse, and sexual violence than ever before, there is more that we can do as educators, as parents, and as adults committed to leaving this world […]

Meet Professor John M. Gottman, a leading expert on relationships

Editor’s Note: Professor John Gottman of the University of  Washington is one of the leading scholars on marital and other relationships and the factors that both strengthen and diminish understanding and closeness. Gottman is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Washington. He co-directos the Washington’s Relationship Research Institute and the Gottman Institute with his wife. In […]