Research from Related Fields

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

Research applies sociological concepts to mentoring programs

Stanton-Salazar, R. (2016). Contributions of social capital theory and social network models in advancing the connection between students’ school-based learning and community-based opportunities for pursuing interest-driven learning. Paper presented at Power Brokers: Building Youth Social Capital through Connected Learning. University … Read the rest

How ‘grit’ takes a toll on black college students

By Joan Brasher

Researchers have documented that black college students draw on ‘grit’—mental toughness and perseverance—to achieve in predominantly white academic institutions. But a new Vanderbilt study says that notion fails to recognize an emerging mental health crisis for these … Read the rest

Advice for Men Who Are Nervous About Mentoring Women

By Wendy Murphy,

From Harvard Business Review

Many senior male managers are reportedly responding to the #MeToo movement with a better-safe-than-sorry attitude and are pulling back from mentoring women. This backlash has little basis in reality. False accusations of sexual Read the rest

Volunteering in public schools boosts seniors’ memories

The memory center in the brains of seniors who volunteered in public schools for two years maintained their size, rather than shrinking as part of the normal aging process, report researchers.

The findings suggest that retirees who take part in Read the rest

Developing Emotional Literacy: Transition Planning for Youth at Risk

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 9.48.52 AMFleischer, L. (2010). Developing emotional literacy: Transition planning for youth at risk. Reclaiming Children & Youth, 19 (1), 50-53.

Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Laura Yovienne.

Problem:
Transitioning from high school to the “real world” can be a … Read the rest

When kids expect hostility, they get hostile

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When children expect aggression from others, it may cause them to be overly aggressive themselves, a new study finds.

While the pattern is more common in some cultures than others, a four-year longitudinal study involving 1,299 children and their parents … Read the rest

Trauma-exposed children: The importance of talking in the healing process

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A new study shows that adolescent girls who experienced maltreatment in the past year and were willing to talk about their painful experiences and their thoughts and emotions were less likely to have PTSD symptoms … Read the rest

One in three college freshmen worldwide reports mental health disorder

Posted in American Psychological Association

As if college were not difficult enough, more than one-third of first-year university students in eight industrialized countries around the globe report symptoms consistent with a diagnosable mental health disorder, according to research published by … Read the rest

Why Michael Phelps and Beyoncé Aren't Role Models - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Research explores why Michael Phelps, Beyoncé, and others are no role models (nor should they be)

Spurgin, E. (2012). , Hey, How  did  I become a Role Model?  Privacy and the  Extent of Role-Model Obligations, Journal of Applied Philosophy.

Young people  should  learn  that  Phelps  is a proper  role model when it comes to swimming,  but Read the rest

New research unpacks how social interaction impacts physical activity-based programs

McDonough, M. H., Ullrich-French, S., & McDavid, M. L. (2018). Helping kids connect: Participant and staff perspectives on facilitating social relationships in a physical activity-based positive youth development program for youth from low-income families. Sport, Exercise, And Performance Psychology, Read the rest