Mentoring Research

Mentoring associated with better attitudes about school

The effects of non-academic mentoring on school-related cognitions: A pilot study MacArthur, S. S., Higginbotham, B. J., & Ho, E. (2013). The effects of non-academic mentoring on school-related cognitions: A pilot study. Journal of Youth Development: Bridging Research and Practice, 8(1), 28-37. Introduction: Community-based mentoring (CBM) has emerged as a reliable intervention for at risk […]

Lower risk of hypertension for seniors who volunteer

Posted by Shilo Rea-Carnegie Mellon CARNEGIE MELLON (US) — Older adults who volunteer for at least 200 hours a year can decrease their risk of high blood pressure by 40 percent, a new study finds. The specific type of volunteer activity doesn’t matter, researchers say. It’s the amount of time spent volunteering that leads to […]

Combining mentoring with structured group activities: A potential after-school context for fostering relationships between girls and mentors

The Journal of Early Adolescence 2012 Deutsch summarized by UMass Boston clinical psychology student Laura Yoviene Problem: Most after-school programs are activity-oriented and aim to serve a specific purpose (i.e., sports, gang prevention), whereas mentoring programs offer a more relationally based intervention and have been linked to a myriad of positive youth outcomes. Accordingly,  with […]

New study highlights the importance of self-control in childhood

Converse, P. D., Piccone, K. A., & Tocci, M. C. (2014). Childhood self-control, adolescent behavior, and career success. Personality and Individual Differences, 59, 65-70. Summarized by Emily Manove, UMB clinical psychology doctoral student Introduction: Research has found that childhood self-control, defined as “internally focused active control tendencies involving regulation of thoughts, feelings, or behaviors” (pg. […]

How do parents feel about their children’s mentoring relationships?

Spencer, R., Basualdo-Delmonico, A., & Lewis, T.O. (2011). Working to make it work: The role of parents in the youth mentoring process. Journal of Community Psychology, 39 (1), 51-59. Parents want what’s best for their children, which is why they often go through the effort of enrolling their sons and daughters in programs like Big […]

Supportive Role Models, Coping Lead to Better Health in Poor Teens

Low-income teenagers who have supportive role models and engage in adaptive strategies have lower levels of a marker for cardiovascular risk than low-income teens without such resources, according to a new study. The study, by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of British Columbia, was published in the journal Child Development. “Low socioeconomic status […]

Mentally Stepping Back from Problems Helps Youth Deal with Negative Emotions

Adolescence is a time of frequent and intense emotional experiences, but some youth handle their emotions better than others. Why do some young people react adaptively while others ruminate? A new study of adolescents shows that youth who mentally take a step back from their own point of view when thinking about something troubling can […]

Pulling youth out of class for school-based mentoring might be counter-productive

Schwartz S. O., Rhodes, J. E., & Herrera, C. (2012). The influence of meeting time on academic outcomes in school-based mentoring. Children and Youth Services Review, 34, 1, 2319-2326 Method: Participants in the study (N = 1,139) were part of the national evaluation of the Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based mentoring program, about half of […]

Which mentor characteristics lead to the most satisfying matches?

  This article was summarized by UMB doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, Laura Yoviene, MA Leyton-Armakan, J., Lawrence, E., Deutsch, N., Williams, J., & Henneberger, A. (2012). Effective youth mentors: The relationship between initial characteristics of college women mentors and mentee satisfaction and outcome. Journal of Community Psychology, 40 (8), 906-920. Which mentor characteristics lead […]

Texting too Much? Implications of Text Messaging for Adolescent Well-Being

By Tara Kuther, Society for Research on Adolescence Adolescents rely on text messaging to communicate with their friends more than any other form of contact, including face-to-face interaction. Most research to date on text messaging has relied on self-report surveys.  Underwood and colleagues conducted a naturalistic study of text messaging in 172 14-year old adolescents […]