Research from Related Fields

A summary of research from psychology, sociology and other fields as it relates to youth mentoring.

What enhancements increase adherence in self-guided, web-based interventions? New study provides insights

Moskowitz, J. T., Addington, E. L., Shiu, E., Bassett, S. M., Schuette, S., Kwok, I., Freedman, M.E., Leykin, Y., Saslow, L. R., Cohn, M. A., & Cheung, E. O. (2021). Facilitator Contact, Discussion Boards, and Virtual Badges as Adherence Enhancements to a Web-Based, Self-guided, Positive Psychological Intervention for Depression: Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(9), […]

The opportunities and pitfalls of increasing formal youth mentoring program efforts to address loneliness

Keller, T. E., Perry, M., & Spencer, R. (2020). Reducing Social Isolation Through Formal Youth Mentoring: Opportunities and Potential Pitfalls. Clinical Social Work Journal, 48(1), 35–45. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-019-00727-x Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although research primarily examines the impact of loneliness and social isolation on the aging population, not many scholars examine how they affect young […]

How does visitation impact child-parent relationship quality and psychological outcomes of youths with incarcerated parents?

Kremer, K. P., Christensen, K. M., Stump, K. N., Stelter, R. L., Kupersmidt, J. B., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). The role of visitation and parent-child relationship quality in promoting positive outcomes for children of incarcerated parents. Child & Family Social Work. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Over five million youths have had an incarcerated […]

Designing for Youth-Centered Moderation and Community Governance in Minecraft

Tekinbaş, K. S., Jagannath, K., Lyngs, U., & Slovák, P. (2021). Designing for Youth-Centered Moderation and Community Governance in Minecraft. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 28(4), 1–41. https://doi.org/10.1145/3450290 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Online environments can promote technical, emotional, and social skills to positively influence online behaviors.  Positive outcomes are more likely to form in […]

Researchers Examine Benefits of Informal Mentoring for Young People

BUSSW doctoral program graduate Grace Gowdy (SSW’19) and professors Renée Spencer and Daniel P. Miller lead new research on characteristics associated with informal mentorship By Maura King Scully, Boston University School of Social Work “It takes a village to raise a child.” The African proverb, connoting the importance of adult involvement beyond parents for children’s […]

New research brief addresses the educational struggles of Black children and youth in the era of COVID-19

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF Authors Noni Gaylord-Harden, Ph.D., Texas A&M University Valerie Adams-Bass, Ph.D., University of Virginia Erin Bogan, Ph.D., American Institutes for Research Lori Francis, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University Judith Scott, Ph.D., Boston University Eleanor Seaton, Ph.D., Arizona State University Joanna Williams, Ph.D., Rutgers University Data on COVID-19 transmission rates show an irrefutable and disturbing […]

The pandemic has taken a toll on young adults’ mental health. A new study reveals just how severe it is

By Arianna MacNeill, Boston.com  It may come as no surprise that young adults are experiencing higher rates of depression and other mental health concerns as the COVID-19 pandemic rages forward in the U.S. But just how much higher are these cases compared to the pre-pandemic past? A new report led by Massachusetts General Hospital, and […]

To disclose or not to disclose?

Edited by Renée Spencer Editor’s Note: Much like therapists, mentors are often confronted with making decisions – often on the spot – about what kind of information to share with their mentees and when. Laura Yoviene’s summary of a recent review article on therapist self-disclosure offers some insights and food for thought for tackling the […]

Using a life course perspective to predict short- and long-term consequences of COVID-19

Settersten, R. A., Jr., Bernardi, L., Härkönen, J., Antonucci, T. C., Dykstra, P. A., Heckhausen, J., Kuh, D., Mayer, K. U., Moen, P., Mortimer, J. T., Mulder, C. H., Smeeding, T. M., van der Lippe, T., Hagestad, G. O., Kohli, M., Levy, R., Schoon, I., & Thomson, E. (2020). Understanding the effects of Covid-19 through a life course lens. Advances in […]

Social-emotional development is critical to prevent youth violence

Malti, T. (2020). Children and Violence: Nurturing Social‐Emotional Development to Promote Mental Health. Social Policy Report, 33(2). https://doi.org/10.1002/sop2.8 Summarized Monica Arkin Notes of interest: While research on violence in children and youth tends to focus on risk factors, this article focuses on protective factors. Positive social-emotional development is a central protective factor that helps children […]