Research from Related Fields

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

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

Posted by Jonathan McVerry-Penn State 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 one year later. Those who tried to avoid painful thoughts and emotions were significantly more […]

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 the American Psychological Association. “While effective care is important, the number of students who need […]

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 they do not know enough  about  the rest of his life to believe he is […]

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, 7(1), 13-29. doi:10.1037/spy0000109 Summarized by Cyanea Poon Notes of Interest: This qualitative study adopted the socio-ecological […]

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 a subset of teens—those with weak cognitive control—engage in excessive levels of impulsiveness, such as acting without […]

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 and teachers often express, can subtly perpetuate the stereotypes they are trying to debunk, study […]

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 go for a short run after each practice session, the research suggests. The recent study, […]

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 attachment styles affect support-seeking and giving styles. Support-Seeking (Attachment behavior) Although, the attachment system is usually most apparent in infancy, […]

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 several factors affecting social isolation from family and friends within a national sample of more […]

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 a strategy to restore trust on minority adolescents’ responses to critical feedback. In Studies 1 and […]