New Mentoring Research

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

Mentoring organizations impact mentors, too

Ellison, R. L., Cory, M., Horwath, J., Barnett, A., & Huppert, E. (2020). Can mentor organizations impact mentor outcomes? Assessing organizational norms on mentor intent to stay and willingness to “go the extra mile.” Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22391 Summarized by Monica Arkin  Notes of Interest: While most youth mentoring research focuses on youth outcomes, […]

Program evaluation is critical to determine whether children’s needs are adequately addressed

Axford, A., Bjornstad, G., Matthews, J., Whybra, L., Berry, V., Ukoumunne, O. C., Hobbs, T., Wrigley, Z., Brook, L., … & Warner, G. (2020). The effectiveness of a community-based mentoring program for children aged 5–11 years: Results from a randomized controlled trial. Prevention Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-020-01132-4 Summarized by Monica Arkin Notes of Interest: This randomized controlled […]

Recommendations for applying a social justice lens to youth mentoring

Albright, J. N., Hurd, N. M., & Hussain, S. B. (2017). Applying a Social Justice Lens to Youth Mentoring: A Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Practice. Society for Community Research and Action. DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12143. Summarized by Karina DeAndrade and Harry Bayly Notes of Interest The authors reviewed literature on youth mentoring initiatives that […]

The impact of natural mentors on developing youth in foster care

Greeson, J. K. P., Weiler, L. M., Thompson, A. E., Taussig, H. N. (2016). A First Look At Natural Mentoring Among Preadolescent Foster Children. Journal of Communit Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21788 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade and Harry Bayly Notes of Interest: This study focused on the effects of natural mentors and their impact on preadolescent foster […]

New “Mentoring Processes Scale” assesses five dimensions of youth mentoring

Tolan, P. H., McDaniel, H. L., Richardson, M., Arkin, N., Augenstern, J., & DuBois, D. L. (1010). Improving understanding of how mentoring works: Measuring multiple intervention processes. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22408 Summarized by Monica Arkin  Notes of Interest: Researchers identified five commonly used mentoring intervention processes: identification with mentor, social & emotional support, teaching […]

Important new study highlights role of mentoring in reducing abuse survivors’ risk for suicide

By Jean Rhodes Relatively little is known about the role of natural mentors – caring, nonparent adults – in the lives of childhood abuse survivors.  In a recent study, my colleagues and I drew from a large, longitudinal, nationally representative sample (Add Health)  (N=12,270) and found that nearly a third of the young adult respondents […]

New study explores online mentoring for youth with physical disabilities

Lindsay, S., Cagliostro, E., Leck, J., & Stinson, J. (2019). A 12-week electronic mentoring employment preparation intervention for youth with physical disabilities: Pilot feasibility randomized controlled trial. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting. doi:10.2196/12088 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: This qualitative study describes the experience of 13 youth with physical disabilities who participated in a […]

The many benefits of giving: Prosocial spending and happiness

A new study that shows the benefits to both adults and children of prosocial spending By Elizabeth W. Dunn, Lara B. Aknin, and Michael I. Norton3 Reprint of the article in Current Directions in Psychological Science February 2014 vol. 23 no. 141-47 Abstract: Although a great deal of research has shown that people with more money are somewhat […]

New study on barriers to forming natural mentoring relationships in Latinx youth

Monjaras-Gaytan, L. Y., Sánchez, B., & Smith Carter, J. (2020). Developing natural mentoring relationships among latinx youth: the roles of trust in adults and stressors. Applied Developmental Science, 1-12. Summarized by Cyanea Poon   Notes of Interest: Latinx youth face social inequalities that may impede them from becoming adults who can achieve their educational and career […]

Predictors of close teacher−student relationships in college: Findings from the Gallup−Purdue Index

Raposa, E. B., Hagler, M., Liu, D. & Rhodes J. E. (in press). Predictors of close faculty−student relationships and mentorship in higher education: findings from the Gallup−Purdue Index. Annals of the New York Academy of Science. From the abstract College students’ supportive relationships with mentors—professors, advisors, and other caring adults to whom students turn as they […]