New Mentoring Research

A survey of the latest peer-reviewed research on youth mentoring.

Study highlights protective role of teacher-student relationships during COVID-19

Zhu, Q., Cheong, Y., Wang, C., & Sun, C. (2021). The roles of resilience, peer relationship, teacher-student relationship on student mental health difficulties during COVID-19. School Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037/spq0000492 Summarized by Megyn Jasman Notes of Interest: The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered students’ lives in school, including but not limited to virtual learning, social-distancing requirements, and […]

I Don’t think you like me very much: Child minority status and disadvantage predict relationship quality with teachers

Fitzpatrick, C., Côté-Lussier, C., Pagani, L. S., & Blair, C. (2017). I Don’t think you like me very much: Child minority status and disadvantage predict relationship quality with teachers. Youth & Society, 1-17. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X13508962. Summarized by Stella Kanchewa, M.A., UMass Boston doctoral student Children’s academic performance relates to important adult outcomes including career options, […]

The importance of teacher-child relationships during elementary school

Maldonado-Carreno, C., & Votruba-Drzal, E. (2011). Teacher-child relationships and the development of academic and behavioral skills during elementary school: A within- and between-child analysis. Child Development, 82(2), 601-616. Introduction:  Teacher-child relationship quality in the early school years has been linked to child well-being in a variety of domains: peer relationships, behavior problems, classroom adjustment, and […]

New study explores the contexts, barriers, and motivations of friend’s parents and family friends as natural youth mentors

Christensen, K. M., & Poon, C. Y. S. (2021). Exploring Friend’s Parents and Family Friends as Natural Mentors for Youth: Contexts, Motivation, and Barriers. Journal of Child and Family Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-021-02153-5 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Natural mentorships are a viable way to provide emotional, social, functional, and instrumental support for youth. Granovetter’s model is […]

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New Findings: Natural Mentoring Relationships Can Advance College Students’ Emotional Regulation and Mental Health

Thomas P. Le,Ti Hsu,Elizabeth B. Raposa (2021). Effects of natural mentoring relationships on college students’ metnal health: The role of emotion regulation. American Journal of Community Psychology. Abstract (from article) The transition to college involves a number of novel stressors for young adults and represents a period of heightened risk for the onset or worsening […]

Important new systematic review of e-mentoring: Implications for youth health

Kaufman, M. R., Levine, D., Casella, A., & DuBois, D. L. (2021). E-Mentoring to Address Youth Health: A Systematic Review. Adolescent Research Review. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40894-021-00172-3 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: E-mentoring has become more popular over the years. However, despite the fact that e-mentoring is being incorporated into more youth mentoring programs, there is still limited […]

How does visitation impact child-parent relationship quality and psychological outcomes of youths with incarcerated parents?

Kremer, K. P., Christensen, K. M., Stump, K. N., Stelter, R. L., Kupersmidt, J. B., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). The role of visitation and parent-child relationship quality in promoting positive outcomes for children of incarcerated parents. Child & Family Social Work. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Over five million youths have had an incarcerated […]

Make new friends, but keep the old: A longitudinal study of first-generation students’ mentoring relationships during their transition to college

Hagler, M. A., Christensen, K. M., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). A Longitudinal Investigation of First-Generation College Students’ Mentoring Relationships During Their Transition to Higher Education. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, https://doi.org/10.1177/15210251211022741 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Many factors, such as affordability and limited cultural capital, contribute to the barriers many […]

New study explores how COVID-19 affected mentors and mentees

Kaufman, M. R., Wright, K., Simon, J., Edwards, G., Thrul, J., & DuBois, D. L. (2021). Mentoring in the Time of COVID-19: An Analysis of Online Focus Groups with Mentors to Youth. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12543 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: The pandemic has had (and continues to have) a detrimental impact on […]

Paraprofessional Youth Mentoring: New framework proposes the integration of youth mentoring and mental health services

McQuillin, S. D., Hagler, M. A., Werntz, A., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). Paraprofessional Youth Mentoring: A Framework for Integrating Youth Mentoring with Helping Institutions and Professions. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12546 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although a lot of progress has been made to lower the levels of youth mental health and behavioral […]