Research from Related Fields

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

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

New research highlights more nuanced view of teen impulsivity

Posted by Jim Barlow, Futurity.org

Most teens have behavioral brakes, and use them, to keep risk-taking experiments and impulsive behavior in check, a new study reports.

The study, which appears in Journal of Youth and Adolescence, finds that only … Read the rest

Phrasing, please: New research highlights impact of comparisons using gendered language

Posted by Alex Shaskevitch, Futurity.org

Saying something like “girls are as good as boys at math” might come with good intentions and the intent to encourage, but it can backfire, according to new paper.

Although well-meaning, the statement, which parents … Read the rest

Want to help reinforce a motor skill? Have them take a lap

Posted by Katherine Gombay, futurity.org

As little as a single 15-minute bout of cardiovascular exercise increases brain connectivity and efficiency, according to new research.

If you want to learn to walk a tightrope, for example, it’s a good idea to … Read the rest

What is “attachment” and how does it relate to mentoring?

Introduction: The idea of attachment, an enduring emotional bond that connects one person to another across time and space (Ainsworth, 1973;Bowlby, 1969), has long been studied and related to various psychological outcomes. How do differences in … Read the rest

New research shows elderly at risk of social isolation: Implications for mentoring

Posted by Jared Wadley on futurity.org

One in five older adults is socially isolated from family or friends, increasing their risks for poor mental and physical health, as well as higher rates of mortality, a new study shows.

Researchers investigated … Read the rest

Wise feedback: How to Provide Critical Feedback Across the Racial Divide

Yaeger, D. S. et al., (2014). Breaking the Cycle of Mistrust: Wise Interventions to Provide Critical Feedback Across the Racial Divide. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 143, 804–824

From the abstract

Three double-blind randomized field experiments examined the effects of … Read the rest

Transference: A rarely acknowledged dimension of youth mentoring relationships - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Therapists’ personal lives affect their helping relationships: Implications for mentoring

summarized by UMB doctoral student in clinical psychology Laura Yoviene

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 9.41.53 PMNissen-Lie, H., Havik, O., Hoglend, P., Monsen, J., & Ronnestad, M. (2017). The contribution of the quality of therapists’ personal lives to the development of the working alliance. Journal of Read the rest