New Mentoring Research

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

An important new meta-analytic review of youth mentoring programs

Delinquency expert Patrick Tolan and his colleagues (Tolan, Henry, Schoeny, Bass, Lovegrove, & Nichols, 2013) recently took stock of the mentoring literature and its effects on delinquency (i.e., arrests and convictions), as well as indicators associated with delinquency (i.e., academic outcomes, aggression, drug use). Their comprehensive review extended previous meta-analyses by: systematically exploring how variations in program […]

Matching by Race and Gender in STEM-based Mentoring Relationships

Blake-Beard, S. (2011)., Matching by Race and Gender in Mentoring Relationships: Keeping our Eyes on the Prize.  Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 67, No. 3, 2011, pp. 622–643 Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard, whose work focuses on college and graduate student mentoring, opens her piece by noting that it is often difficult to pinpoint all the factors that […]

New study examines the role of mentoring in supporting adolescents with diabetes

Barnetz Z. and Feigin R. (2012)., “We didn’t Have to Talk”: Adolescent Perception of Mentor-Mentee Relationships in an Evaluation Study of a Mentoring Program for Adolescents with Juvenile Diabetes. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Introduction Type 1, “juvenile,” or “insulin dependent” diabetes is a condition in which children’s pancreases produces insufficient insulin. It requires constant […]

What makes e-mentoring work?

Panopoulos, A. & Sarri, K. (2013). E-mentoring: The adoption process and innovation challenge. International Journal of Information Management, 33, 217-226. Introduction: There has been considerable interest in e-mentoring in recent years  (i.e., Bonnett, Wildermuth, & Sonnenwald, 2006; DiRenzo, Linnehan, Shao, & Rosenberg, 2010). E-mentoring helps eliminate many obstacles that otherwise limit the development of mentoring relationships, […]

An attachment perspective on incarcerated parents and their children

Cassidy, J., Poehlmann, J., & Shaver, P. (2010). An attachment perspective on incarcerated parents and their children. Attachment & Human Development, 12(4), 285-288. Problem: It is estimated that over 3 million children are affected by having an incarcerated parent (Glaze & Maruschak, 2008; Western & Wildeman, 2009). One particular way in which children are negatively […]

An in-depth look at youth initiated mentoring

Spencer, R., Schwartz, S. O., & Rhodes, J. E. (in press). “Somebody who was on my side”: A qualitative examination of youth initiated mentoring. Youth & Society. Introduction: Youth initiated mentoring (YIM) is a new approach to mentoring in which youth identify and recruit caring adults from within their existing communities. By using this innovative […]

Youth Initiated Mentoring: A new approach to working with vulnerable adolescents

Schwartz, S., Rhodes, J., Spencer, R., & Grossman, J. (in press.) Youth initiated mentoring: Investigating a new approach to working with vulnerable adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology.   Introduction:  This article examines the use of Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM) in the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP), an intensive residential program for youth who […]

What can we learn from research on camp counselors?: The role of personality

Loveland, J. M., Gibson, L. W., Lounsbury, J. W., & Huffstetler, B. C. (2005). Broad and narrow personality traits in relation to the job performance of camp counselors. Child and Youth Care Forum, 34(3), 241-255. Background The authors sought to test whether personality traits could be linked to performance ratings of youth camp counselors. Assessment […]

Mentoring and social skills training: Ensuring better outcomes for youth in foster care.

Williams, C. Mentoring and social skills training: Ensuring better outcomes for youth in foster care. Child Welfare, 90 (1), 59-74. Background: Approximately 500,000 youth in the United States are in the foster care system, of those youth, 50-75%  experience either behavioral or social-emotional problems as well as being at risk for a myriad of other […]

Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs

Larson, R., & Angus, R. (2011). Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs: Learning to think strategically. Child Development, 82 (1), 277-294. Problem: An objective of many youth programs often focus on  the development of agency skills, referring to “cognitive tools, including insights, precepts, knowledge, and action schemas that youth might employ to […]