Research from Related Fields

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

No Doctorate Required!: Shifting Mental Health Task to Master’s Level Helpers to Bridge Gaps

Hayden, E. P. (2024). Reconsidering the integration of science and practice in training in clinical psychology. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie Canadienne. Advance online publication. https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cap0000391 Background In her thought-provoking new article,  Elizabeth Hayden provides a comprehensive critique of the scientist-practitioner model, which has been the predominant approach to doctoral training in clinical psychology in Canada and the […]

Phone call or text?: New study explores youth’s “Supportive Accountability” preferences

Sayegh, C., Iverson, E., MacDonell, K., Wu, S., & Belzer, M. (2023). Youth perspectives on mobile health adherence interventions: A qualitative study guided by the supportive accountability model. Patient Education and Counseling. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2023.108079 Overview Medication nonadherence is a significant issue among youth with chronic health conditions (CHCs), with over 50% not adhering to prescribed regimens. […]

Student Minds: How a 4-Week Mindfulness-Based Intervention Helped College Students

Coxon, A., Horne, R., Munthe-Kaas, H., Tunariu, A., Hoffmann, T., & Kemppinen, A. (2021). An evaluation of an online brief mindfulness-based intervention in university students. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 752060. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.752060 Overview Mental health issues among university students are growing  worldwide (Coxon et al., 2021). Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) have shown promise in improving mental health […]

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New study shows how social capital can promote college achievement

Oyefuga, E., & Shakeshaft, C. (2023). Social capital and the higher education academic achievement: Using cross-classified multilevel models to understanding the impact of society on educational outcomes. Youth & Society, 55(1), 163–183. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X211042912 Summarized by Megyn Jasman and Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest:  Social capital refers to an individual’s network of relationships and how they, in turn, […]

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. (2023). 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 […]

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New study explores the voices of children of incarcerated parents: Implications for policy and practice

Reference: Benninger, E., Schmidt‐Sane, M., Massey, S., & Athreya, B. (2023). Youth for Youth: Raising the voices of children of incarcerated parents and implications for policy and practice. Journal of Community Psychology. Summarized By: Saniya Soni About this Study There is a growing population of young individuals in the U.S. who have experienced having a […]

New study explores how teacher-child relationships shape children’s educational expectations

Davis, A. L., & McQuillin, S. D. (2023). Exploring changes in the teacher-child relationship and children’s educational expectations. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 87, 101564. Summarized by Saniya Soni About this Study Student-teacher relationships play a crucial role in children’s development. Children who perceive their teachers as caring and supportive tend to adapt better to […]

Nurturing School Climate: The Power of Teacher and Peer Support for Empowering Victimized Youth

Coyle, S., Weinreb, K. S., Davila, G., & Cuellar, M. (2022). Relationships matter: The protective role of teacher and peer support in understanding school climate for victimized youth. In Child & Youth Care Forum (Vol. 51, No. 1, pp. 181-203).  Summarized by Ellen Parry Luff About the Study A positive and supportive school climate has […]

The golden years glow: Older adults draw more positivity from prosocial behavior

Bjälkebring, P., Västfjäll, D., Dickert, S., & Slovic, P. (2019). Greater emotional gain from giving in older adults: Age-related positivity bias in charitable giving. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1-8. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00846. Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction It has been well-demonstrated that prosocial behavior has positive benefits for both the recipient and the giver. From receiving […]

Unlocking social success: High school program empowers adolescents with ADHD

Evans, S. W., DuPaul, G. J., Benson, K., Owens, J. S., Fu, Q., Cleminshaw, C., … & Margherio, S. (2023). Social Functioning Outcomes of a High School-Based Treatment Program for Adolescents with ADHD. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 1-16. Summarized by Ellen Parry Luff About the Study This study focuses on a new […]