Editors Blog

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, … Read the rest

10 research-based tips for building strong helping relationships with youth

by Jean Rhodes

Particularly since good working relationships between youth and mentors are the stock and trade of formal mentoring programs, it is surprising that the field has not sought to more directly benefit from the decades of careful clinical Read the rest

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 Read the rest

K-12 Corner: "You can't give what you ain't got" - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

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 … Read the rest

Opportunity (and mentor) hoarding in America

by Matthew Hagler & Jean Rhodes

The latest admissions scandal is just a salacious example of the broad, systematic inequality in education that gives certain young people a major leg up. We all know that unequal educational opportunity does not … Read the rest

Five key takeaways from a comprehensive new meta-analysis of youth mentoring

By Jean Rhodes (excerpted and summarized from publication)

Along with our colleagues, we recently released a comprehensive meta-analysis of youth mentoring: Raposa, E. B., Rhodes, J., Stams, G.J., Card, N., Burton, S., Schwartz, S., Sykes, L.Y., Kanchewa, S., Kupersmidt, J., … Read the rest

“There’s an App for that!”: How technology-delivered interventions could revolutionize mentoring

by Jean Rhodes

In an influential chapter, mentoring researchers Timothy Cavell and Chris Elledge (2014) argued that the field of youth mentoring needs to move from the common “relationship as intervention” model (i.e., the friendship model where the primary goal Read the rest

Two logical fallacies that mislead the field of mentoring

by Jean Rhodes

“A red herring is something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important issue. It may be either a logical fallacy or a literary device that leads readers or audiences towards a false conclusion. ” Wikipedia… Read the rest

“If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at one I will”: Why statistics are no match for a good story

by Jean Rhodes

In an interesting study (Kogut & Ritov, 2005), people were asked to donate money to help a poor seven-year-old girl from Mali named Rokia. Many were so moved by her story that they gave generously. But when … Read the rest

The many invisible forces: Why mentoring “best practices” are sometimes not enough

by Jean E. Rhodes

My resolution for 2019 is to finally complete and submit my new book, tentatively titled “Rethinking Mentoring.” One thing I discuss is in the book is that, despite careful screening and interviewing, evidence-based training and case … Read the rest