New Mentoring Research

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

New study provides insights on how youth mentoring can address youth social isolation & loneliness

Fallavollita, W. L., & Lyons, M. D. (2023). Social acceptance from peers and youth mentoring: Implications for addressing loneliness and social isolation. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.23002 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Due to increasing popularity, youth mentoring programs have more service delivery options (school-based mentoring, community-based mentoring, skill development mentoring, mentor-mentee relationships, etc.). Peer […]

How high school mentoring affects academic achievement, post-secondary planning, and perceptions of school among Black male students

Ross, B. R.(2022). “We Make a Life by What We Give”: The Impact of a High School Mentoring Program on the Perceptions and Academic Achievement of Black Males. (Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Carolina). Scholar Commons. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There is a shortage of support from interventions (e.g., mentoring) that foster post-secondary planning […]

College autism support programs & program-sponsored mentoring: What are the differences between enrollees and non-enrollees?

Mapes, Ayla. R., & Cavell, T. A. (2023). Students enrolled in a college autism support program: Comparisons with non-enrollees and use of program-sponsored mentoring. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2023.2164990 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although more and more students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are attending college, they still experience notable challenges.  […]

Can mentoring interventions promote positive health outcomes in the community?

Suurmond, J., Kruithof, K., & Harting, J. (2023). Does mentoring improve the health of people in the community? A realist evaluation. Journal of Social Work, 14680173221144412.  https://doi.org/10.1177/14680173221144411 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Establishing and maintaining a social network can promote positive health outcomes. Although social networks have positive health implications, developing and maintaining them […]

How do mentoring relationships affect the college enrollment of first-generation college students?

Glass, L. E. (2023). Social capital and first-generation college students: Examining the relationship between mentoring and college enrollment. Education and Urban Society, 55(2), 143–174. https://doi.org/10.1177/00131245221076097 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There is a progressively big gap in college graduation rates among first-generation and low-income students. Studies indicate that this notable disparity stems from a lack […]

Reframing mentor disposition & holistic development to promote inclusive student partnerships in near-peer mentoring

Chan, C. K. Y., & Luo, J. (2022). Towards an inclusive student partnership: Rethinking mentors’ disposition and holistic competency development in near-peer mentoring. Teaching in Higher Education, 27(7), 874–891. https://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2020.1751606 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  The “Students as partners” concept has recently become popular in higher education. It encourages student involvement in influencing learning and […]

Can informal mentor support moderate the relationship between adolescent dating violence victimization and substance use?

Vengurlekar, I. N., Steggerda, J. C., Brown, M., Kiefer, J. L., & Cavell, T. A. (2022). Informal mentoring support as a potential moderator of the relation between adolescent dating violence victimization and substance use. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22968 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Adolescent dating violence (ADV) victimization is associated with substance use and […]

New exploratory study evaluates a youth mentoring program partnership

Silke, C., & Brady, B. (2022). Youth mentoring as a supportive resource for young people involved with CAMHS: An exploratory study. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, University of Galway. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence indicates that adolescent well-being and mental health have notably languished over the last two decades. Youth mentoring is […]

New systemic review assesses natural mentorships for LGBTQ youth

Burningham, K. L., & Weiler, L. M. (2021). Natural mentoring and LGBTQ youth: A systematic review. Adolescent Research Review, 6(4), 391–407.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s40894-020-00146-x Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Supportive familial and non-familial relationships have many benefits for adolescents. Despite this, many formal mentoring programs do not adequately address LGBTQ needs – this is especially concerning […]

Which characteristics predict the type of informal mentoring youth receive?

Gowdy, G., Fruiht, V., Tadese, H., & Rivera, M. (2022). One of these things is not like the other: Predictors of core and capital mentoring in adolescence. American Journal of Community Psychology, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12627 Summarized by Megyn Jasman Notes of Interest:  Which characteristics predict the type of informal mentoring youth receive? Compared to formal mentoring relationships, […]