New Mentoring Research

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

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 […]

Nearly 40% of US children lack strong emotional bonds with their parents

B. Rose Huber-Princeton In a study of 14,000 US children, researchers found that 40 percent lack strong emotional bonds with their parents—bonds that are crucial to success later in life. According to the report, published by Sutton Trust, children under the age of three who do not form strong bonds with their mothers or fathers […]

Two people having a conversation. Mentors, mentees. Self-disclosure.

New research looks at mentor self-disclosure in mentoring pairs

Dutton, H., Bullen, P., & Deane, K. (2019). “It is OK to let them know you are human too”: Mentor self-disclosure in formal youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Community Psychology, 47(4), 943-963. Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: Self-disclosure is an important way for mentors and mentees to build closeness, but there isn’t a wealth […]

Bullying and its effect on mental and physical health for Jamaican teens, and how parents might be able to help

Elledge, L. C., Smith, D. E., Kilpatrick, C. T., McClain, C. M., & Moore, T. M. (2019). The associations between bullying victimization and internalizing distress, suicidality, and substance use in Jamaican adolescents: The moderating role of parental involvement. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(7), 2202-2220. Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: Bullying can have significant […]

Boy in classroom being mentored

How this understudied aspect of a mentoring relationship might influence its quality

Preston, E. G., & Raposa, E. B. (2019). A Two-way Street: Mentor Stress and Depression Influence Relational Satisfaction and Attachment in Youth Mentoring Relationships. American Journal of Community Psychology, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12412 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: This study subverts the traditional approach for examining mentoring dyads and looks at how different psycho-social factors […]

Classroom with blackboard. Mentoring, youth, mentoring programs.

Does the quality of a natural mentoring relationship affect the perceived value of school for Latinx students?

Anderson, A.J., Sánchez, B. and McMahon, S.D. (2019), Natural Mentoring, Academic Motivation, and Values Toward Education Among Latinx Adolescents. Am J Community Psychol, 63: 99-109. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12319 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: This short-term longitudinal study examined how the quality of a natural mentoring relationship and the intrinsic motivation of Latinx students would relate […]

A potential alternative mentoring intervention for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Karoff, M., Tucker, A. R., Alvarez, T., & Kovacs, P. (2017). Infusing a peer-to-peer support program with Adventure Therapy for adolescent students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Experiential Education, 40, 394-408. doi:10.1177/1053825917727551 Summarized by Renée Klein Schaarsberg Notes of Interest: This article provides preliminary support for a way to increase social competence and decreasing […]

What is the impact of social support on youth coping effectiveness in the context of urban poverty?

Reife, I., Duffy, S., & Grant, K. E. (2019, July 22). The Impact of Social Support on Adolescent Coping in the Context of Urban Poverty. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000296 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: The authors of this study were interested in the impact of stressors on […]

When mentors and mentees communicate, what role does self-disclosure have?

Dutton, K.L. Deane, P. Bullen, Opening up: An exploration of youth mentor self- disclosure using laboratory-based direct observation, Children and Youth Services Review (2019), doi: https:// doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104654 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: These authors sought to understand how communication, a crucial element of building strong relationships, occurred in a mentoring context. Specifically, they […]