Meta Analysis

New systemic review/meta-analysis explores digital interventions for emotion regulation in youth

Reynard, S., Dias, J., Mitic, M., Schrank, B., & Woodcock, K. A. (2022). Digital interventions for emotion regulation in children and early adolescents: Systematic review and meta-analysis. JMIR Serious Games, 10(3), e31456. https://doi.org/10.2196/31456 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Emotion regulation challenges correlate with negative mental health and social outcomes. While digital interventions are […]

New meta-analysis explores how digital interventions can promote youth well-being

Conley, C. S., Raposa, E. B., Bartolotta, K., Broner, S. E., Hareli, M., Forbes, N., Christensen, K. M., & Assink, M. (2022). The impact of mobile technology-delivered interventions on youth well-being: Systematic review and 3-level meta-analysis. JMIR Mental Health, 9(7). https://doi.org/10.2196/34254 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although mental health rates are increasing for […]

Like compulsive gold miners: Reflecting on five (and counting) new meta-analyses

By Jean Rhodes My colleagues and I began conducting meta-analyses of youth mentoring programs around five years ago and we can’t seem to stop. Like compulsive gold miners, we find ourselves returning to this method, again and again, hoping to uncover yet another helpful nugget. A meta-analysis combines the results of multiple evaluations to determine […]

New meta-analysis assesses cross-age peer mentoring for youth

Burton, S., Raposa, E. B., Poon, C. Y. S., Stams, G. J. J. M., & Rhodes, J. (2021). Cross-age peer mentoring for youth: A meta-analysis. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12579 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: This meta-analysis a) predicted the overall effect sizes of cross-age mentoring programs via a multilevel meta-analytic approach and b) […]

Are Digital Interventions Effective? Recent Meta-Analysis Says “Yes, But”

By Marlene, TeleHealth Technology-based digital interventions are effective in helping people who struggle with symptoms of depression. Otherwise known as digital therapeutics, these methods include online modules and educational lessons made available through computers or phones. Compared to receiving no treatment, digital interventions provide a promising option for alleviating depression symptoms. According to a recently […]

Recent meta-analysis highlights the promise of cross-age peer mentoring

by Jean Rhodes Although several meta-analyses of intergenerational mentoring programs have been conducted, my colleagues and I recently conducted the first comprehensive meta-analysis of cross-age peer mentoring programs for youth. Based on the doctoral dissertation of Samantha Burton, Ph.D., the study shows some potentially promising results. Indeed, analyses revealed a medium-sized overall effect of cross-age […]

On Methods: What’s a meta-analysis, anyways?

  by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Assistant Professor, University of Haifa There is often considerable fanfare when a new meta-analysis is published. What’s the excitement about anyways? Don’t most meta-analyses seem to be saying things we already know from previous research? This is somewhat true, as meta-analyses summarize previous research findings. However, in contrast to a review, […]

New meta-analysis of school-based mentoring programs shows promising effects on students’ emotional well-being

Claro, A., & Perelmiter, T. (2021). The Effects of Mentoring Programs on Emotional Well-Being in Youth: A Meta-analysis. Contemporary School Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40688-021-00377-2 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: While there are many important skills that children develop in school, there are a variety of other essential skills that can be protective factors for their academic success. […]

Five important takeaways from a new meta-analysis

Poon, C. Y. S., Christensen, K. M., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). A Meta-analysis of the Effects of Mentoring on Youth in Foster Care. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-021-01472-6 By Jean Rhodes, Cyanea Poon, and Kirsten Christensen Introduction  Research suggests that mentoring programs may promote a range of positive outcomes in youth populations. Less is known, […]