Entries by Jean Rhodes

Challenging the “Dodo Bird Verdict” in Youth Mentoring

by Jean Rhodes In 1936, psychologist Saul Rosenzweig coined the term “Dodo Bird Verdict” to illustrate the frequent claims that all helping relationships are roughly equivalent in terms of their effectiveness. Rosenzweig evoked a scene in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, in which several birds and other creatures found themselves wet and uncomfortable after a swim. […]

Meta-analysis underscores importance of perceived similarity in mentoring

Eby, .L.T. et al. An interdisciplinary meta-analysis of the potential antecedents, correlates and consequences of protégé perceptions of mentoring. Psychological Bulletin. Advanced online publication. Summarized by Stella Kanchewa Overview: In this meta-analytic study, Lillian Eby and colleagues focused on variations in the mentees’ perceptions of relationship quality and types of support they received from their […]

Save the Date: Short course in the Netherlands “Mentoring for Social Inclusion” Oct 7-8, 2019

On 7th and 8th of October, a Short Course will be offered to mentoring practitioners and researchers. This Short Course will be lead by prof. Jean Rhodes. The programme will include best practices from different mentoring programmes and the state-of-the-art research results in Europe and the US. Keynotes and special guests will be announced in […]

What predicts mentor self-efficacy? Hint: it starts with “E”

summarized by Stella Kanchewa, Ph.D. Larose, S. (2014). Trajectories of mentors’ perceived self-efficacy during an academic mentoring experience: What they look like and what are their personal and experimental correlates? Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 21(2), 150-174, doi:10.1080/13611267.2013.813728. Problem: Previous studies have shown that mentor’s perceived self-efficacy (MPSE), defined as the “mentor’s level of […]

I dunno, what do you wanna do?: Mismatched expectations and lost opportunities to help

by Jean Rhodes In 2010, mentoring researchers Michael Karcher, Carla Herrera, and Keoki Hansen observed that, “Mentors are often given little guidance in what to talk about or do with their mentees, though many argue that what they do together matters. Like the friendly vultures in the classic Disney movie, The Jungle Book, mentors often find […]

Three important mentoring tips from a relationship guru

by Jean Rhodes Relationship expert John Gottman has spent his career defining the attitudes and skills that lead to strong friendships in marriage, many of which apply well to a range of friendships, including mentorships. In the following sections, three core principles of his theory are applied. Gottman has also described the importance of not only […]