Mentoring Research

How can turning points facilitate change among care-experienced youth?

Roberts, L., Scourfield, J., & Taussig, H. (2022). Insights into turning points from the perspective of young people with out-of-home care experience: Events, impact and facilitators of change. Developmental Child Welfare, 4(4), 237–252.  https://doi.org/10.1177/25161032221118910 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence suggests that out-of-home-care (aka care-experienced) youth have an increased risk of mental health issues, substance/alcohol […]

Can mentorship duration predict youth well-being? A new study has answers!

Damm, A. P., von Essen, E., Jensen, A. J., Kerrn-Jespersen, F., & van Mastrigt, S. (2022). Duration of mentoring relationship predicts child well-being: Evidence from a Danish community-based mentoring program. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(5). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052906 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence indicates that long-lasting mentoring relationships correlate with perceived program support […]

What were youth development staff members’ experiences during COVID-19?

Woodberry-Shaw, D., Akiva, T., & Lewis, S. S. (2022). Youth development staff experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic: A mixed methods study. Child & Youth Care Forum.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-022-09711-y Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Youth development staff play a key role in providing support for young people. This study examined the experiences of youth development […]

A novel peer-to-peer coaching paraprofessional training program to support digital mental health

Rosenberg, B. M., Kodish, T., Cohen, Z. D., Gong-Guy, E., & Craske, M. G. (2022). A novel peer-to-peer coaching program to support digital mental health: Design and implementation. JMIR Mental Health, 9(1), e32430. Summarized by Saniya Soni Notes of Interest: Paraprofessional support models are a significant pathway to bridge the gap in mental health care […]

The Boys & Girls Club: What effect does an enhanced mentoring model have on youth outcomes?

McGarrie, L., Napierala, E., Oliver, C., Heberlein, E., Taylor, B. J., & Snyder, A. (2022). An enhanced mentoring model’s impact on youth in Boys and Girls Clubs. Journal of Youth Development, 17(3), 105–117. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2022.1220 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) […]

Lessons learned from a cultural humility training program for adult mentors.

Anderson, A. J., Riordan, A., Smith, L., Hillard, B., & Sánchez, B. (2022). Cultural humility training for mentors: Lessons learned and implications for youth programs. Journal of Youth Development, 17(3), 21–38. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2022.1186 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Research-to-practice partnerships (RPP) are a way for researchers and mentoring practitioners to approach problems within the youth […]

New systemic review/meta-analysis explores digital interventions for emotion regulation in youth

Reynard, S., Dias, J., Mitic, M., Schrank, B., & Woodcock, K. A. (2022). Digital interventions for emotion regulation in children and early adolescents: Systematic review and meta-analysis. JMIR Serious Games, 10(3), e31456. https://doi.org/10.2196/31456 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Emotion regulation challenges correlate with negative mental health and social outcomes. While digital interventions are […]

Can giving advice to others be more motivating than receiving advice? Recent study suggests yes.

Eskreis-Winkler, L., Fishbach, A., & Duckworth, A. L. (2018). Dear Abby: Should I give advice or receive it? Psychological Science, 29(11), 1797-1806. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797618795472 Summarized by Megyn Jasman Notes of Interest:  Although receiving advice may be beneficial in some scenarios, it does not always produce the desired outcome, and sometimes may actually be damaging. This study […]

What are you talking about?!: New study links conversation topics to outcomes in mentoring programs.

By Jean Rhodes In their latest study (excerpted below), research Michael Lyons and his colleagues have taken an important step forward toward shedding light on the so-called “black box” of mentoring programs. As Lyons, the PI, recent told the Chronicle, “This study was led by one of our fantastic doc students, Noor Alwani (who is […]

New study examines effects of cross-age mentoring on mentors of color from low-income, urban communities

Quimby, D., Richards, M., Onyeka, O. “Cynthia,” Miller, K., Tyson-McCrea, K., Smith, Z., & Denton, D. (2022). The effects of cross-age peer mentoring on adolescent mentors of color residing in low income, urban communities. Youth & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X221115761 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence indicates that cross-age peer mentoring can benefit adolescent mentors. Given that […]