New Mentoring Research

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

How political views and religious affiliations connect to peoples’ opinions on supporting youth mentoring

Hagler, M., McQuilin, S., Rhodes, J. (2019). Ideological profiles of US adults and their support for youth mentoring. J Community Psychology, 1-16. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.22247 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: This study, conducted by members of our very own Center for Evidence Based Mentoring, looked at how political affiliations and religious beliefs in adults […]

These three factors influence mentor-mentee relationship quality

Kern, L., Harrison, J., Custer, B., & Mehta, P. (2019). Factors That Enhance the Quality of Relationships Between Mentors and Mentees During Check & Connect. Behavioral Disorders, 44(3), 148-161. Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: This study examined methods to mitigate school dropout and increase student engagement by looking to promote feelings of connectedness and a sense […]

New research on how to systematically improve mentoring programs through the implementation of evidence-based best practices

Lachance, L., Watson, C., Blais, D., Ungar, M., Healey, G., Salaffie, M., Sundar, P., Kelly, L., Lagace, M. C. (2019). Strengthening child and youth programs: A look at inter-organizational mentoring strategies. Evaluation and Program Planning, 76, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101679 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: The purpose of this study was to examine an effort by […]

Improving mental health outcomes for maltreated children in foster care: Replication and extension of an RCT of the Fostering Healthy Futures program

Taussig, H. N., Weiler, L. M., Garrido, E. F., Rhodes, T., Boat, A., & Fadell, M. (2019). A positive youth development approach to improving mental health outcomes for maltreated children in foster care: Replication and extension of an RCT of the Fostering Healthy Futures program. Society for Community Research and Action. DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12385 Summarized by […]

How disadvantaged students manage to get to and through college

Meloy, M., Curtis, K., Tucker, S., Previ, B., Storrod, M. L., Gordon, G., … Delacruz, M. (2018). Surviving All the Way to College: Pathways Out of One of America’s Most Crime Ridden Cities. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518789899 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: What helps someone be resilient to the many difficulties they […]

Learning from the Field of Work-Based Mentoring

by Jean Rhodes For decades, the fields of youth mentoring and work-based mentoring have operated on parallel tracks–covering the same terrain but somehow unaffected by of each other. With few exceptions (e.g., the excellent  Blackwell Handbook of Mentoring, which is edited by Professors Tammy Brown and Lillian Eby), disciplinary boundaries have gotten in the way of learning what […]

Why do parents want a mentor for their child? A comparison between community-based and school-based matches

Sourk, M., Weiler, L. M., Cavell, T. A. (2019). Risk, support, and reasons for wanting a mentor: Comparing parents of youth in community versus school-based matches. Child and Youth Services Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.01.046 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: The purpose of this study was to understand the why parents wanted their kids to have […]

Breaking up is hard to do: How and why formal mentoring relationships end

Spencer, R., Basualdo-Delmonico, A., Walsh, J. & Drew, A. (2017). Breaking up is hard to do: A qualitative interview study of how and why youth mentoring relationships end. Youth & Society, 49(4), 438-460. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X14535416 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction: One of the goals of every mentoring organization is to foster long-lasting, meaningful relationships […]

New study on the moderating effects of program experiences in formal mentoring

Weiler, L., Boat, A., & Haddock, S. (2019). Youth Risk and Mentoring Relationship Quality: The Moderating Effect of Program Experiences. American Journal of Community Psychology, 63(1-2), 73-87. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Weiler’s, Boat’s, and Haddock’s (2019) study examined if mentor program experiences (i.e. support for efficiency, mattering, and opportunities to belong, supportive bonds with […]

What inspires someone to be a mentor?

Lewis, R. S., Edwards, C., Lee, W. C., Knight, D., Maxey, K., Leeker, J. R., Cardella, M. E., Hynes, M. M. (2018). Examining the Value of Mentoring in Youth Engineering Programs: What Motivates a Mentor to Mentor? IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2018.8658860 Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: In this study, authors sought to understand what […]