Mentoring Research

New study on the role of mentoring relationships and access to social capital

Shier, M. L., Gouthro, S., & de Goias, R. (2018). The pursuit of social capital among adolescent high school aged girls: The role of formal mentor-mentee relationships. Children and Youth Services Review93, 276-282

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How ‘grit’ takes a toll on black college students

By Joan Brasher

Researchers have documented that black college students draw on ‘grit’—mental toughness and perseverance—to achieve in predominantly white academic institutions. But a new Vanderbilt study says that notion fails to recognize an emerging mental health crisis for these … Read the rest

Respect for adults versus peers: Implications for working with at-risk youth

Clemans, K.H., Graber J. A., & Bettencourt, A. (2012). Adult-Directed and Peer-Directed Respect for Authority: Relationships With Aggressive and Manipulative Behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescents, 480-486.

This study aimed to investigate the association between manipulative and aggressive behaviors … Read the rest

Study Finds Positive Physical and Mental Health Outcomes for Mentored Foster Care Youth


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Ahrens, K. R., DuBois, D. L., Richardson, L. P., Fan, M. Y., & Lozano, P. (2008). Youth in foster care with adult mentors during adolescence have improved adult outcomes. Pediatrics, 121(2), e246-e252.

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New study on parent mentoring program for families with ASD children

Moody, E. J., Kaiser, K., Sharp, D., Kubicek, L. F., Rigles, B., Davis, J., … & Rosenberg, C. R. (2018). Improving Family Functioning Following Diagnosis of ASD: A Randomized Trial of a Parent Mentorship Program. Journal of Child and Family Read the rest

Advice for Men Who Are Nervous About Mentoring Women

By Wendy Murphy,

From Harvard Business Review

Many senior male managers are reportedly responding to the #MeToo movement with a better-safe-than-sorry attitude and are pulling back from mentoring women. This backlash has little basis in reality. False accusations of sexual Read the rest

Important study of mentoring for higher-risk youth

Important new study of mentoring for higher-risk youthMentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles

by Carla Herrera, David L. DuBois, Jean Baldwin Grossman

reprinted from MDRC

More and more, mentoring programs are being asked to serve young people who are considered “higher risk.” While … Read the rest

Strong mentors can help female athletes combat sexism, a new study shows.


LAWRENCE — When female athletes have strong mentors, the relationship helps them combat issues of sexism and helps them navigate problematic behaviors, according to a study by two University of Kansas researchers.

“Mentorship and the feeling of mattering is really

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New study on mentoring immigrant teachers

Mercado, G., & Trumbull, E. (2018). Mentoring beginning immigrant teachers: How culture may impact the message. International Journal of Psychology. doi:10.1002/ijop.12555

Summarized by Rachel Thompson 

Notes of Interest: This article highlights the importance of mentoring immigrant teachers, especially in … Read the rest

Mentoring survivors of abuse and trauma

Reilly, R. C., & D’Amico, M. (2017). Mentoring Santtu_Mustonen_Lsurvivors of childhood abuse and intimate partner violence. Journal of College Student Development, 52(4), 409-424.

Introduction: Both child abuse and intimate partner violence are widespread and are known to … Read the rest