Entries by Monica Arkin

A sense of connectedness in adolescence predicts positive outcomes in adulthood

Steiner, R. J., Sheremenko, J., Lesesne, C., Dittus, P. J., Sieving, R. E., & Ethier, K. A. (2019). Adolescent Connectedness and Adult Health Outcomes. Pediatrics. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-3766 Summarized by Harry Bayly Using Ad Health data on 14,800 adolescents, this study examined if adolescents who felt connected within their family and their school community would demonstrate […]

The missing metrics: Emerging practices for measuring students’ relationships and networks

By Mahnaz Charania and Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute The following is the executive summary of a longer report, which may be found here. Young people need the right resources at their disposal to navigate uncertain times and to pursue their evolving interests and passions. All too often, however, a critical resource in the opportunity […]

New “Mentoring Processes Scale” assesses five dimensions of youth mentoring

Tolan, P. H., McDaniel, H. L., Richardson, M., Arkin, N., Augenstern, J., & DuBois, D. L. (1010). Improving understanding of how mentoring works: Measuring multiple intervention processes. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22408 Summarized by Monica Arkin  Notes of Interest: Researchers identified five commonly used mentoring intervention processes: identification with mentor, social & emotional support, teaching […]

Black College Student Mental Health Needs Attention Now

By Chandra White-Cummings, Ourselves Black It’s always a time of great celebration when a student graduates from college. At a 2014 college graduation ceremony at North Carolina Central University, the longest laughs and applause came when one of the officiating faculty talked about the intense struggles and doubt of making it through the course work […]

Unique benefits of mentoring for international students

Shakla, T. R. (2016). The Impact of Mentorship on Leadership Development Outcomes of International Students. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000016 Summarized Harry Bayly Notes of interest: This quantitative study compared the undergraduate experiences of 6,076 college students (3,038 international and 3,038 domestic). International students scored lower on a [U.S.-developed] measure of perceived leadership […]

Resources for mentors around race, inclusion, and cultural respect

By MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership Americans are increasingly battling to dismantle racism and systemic oppression, and our young people are on the front lines fighting for their lives to matter. Mentors are uniquely poised to support youth during this time, but have to enter into relationships with humility, including self-awareness, discovery, and understanding of […]

New study explores online mentoring for youth with physical disabilities

Lindsay, S., Cagliostro, E., Leck, J., & Stinson, J. (2019). A 12-week electronic mentoring employment preparation intervention for youth with physical disabilities: Pilot feasibility randomized controlled trial. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting. doi:10.2196/12088 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: This qualitative study describes the experience of 13 youth with physical disabilities who participated in a […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Dr. Gary Harper’s research, advocacy, and policy work with LGBTQ+ youth in the U.S. and Africa

Gary W. Harper, PhD, MPH is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, as well as a Professor of Global Public Health, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Harper’s research and community work focuses on the mental health and sexual health needs of adolescents and young adults who experience varying degrees […]

Sexual minority youth natural mentoring experiences differ from those of heterosexual youth

Johnson, D., Gastic, B. (2015). Natural Mentoring in the Lives of Sexual Minority Youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 43(4), 395-407. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.21692 Summarized by Karina De Andrade Notes of Interest: Sexual minority youth were less likely than heterosexual youth to identify family members as mentors, and more likely to identify school adults as mentors. Sexual minority youth […]