New Mentoring Research

A survey of the latest peer-reviewed research on youth mentoring.

A qualitative exploration of mentoring relationships in the lives of youth in foster care


Ahrens, K.R., DuBois, D.L., Garrison, M., Spencer, R., Richardson, L.P. & Lozano, P. (2011). Qualitative exploration of relationships with important non-parental adults in the lives of youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1012-1023.

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Research highlights the role of mentors for students in higher education

Mangione, L., Borden, K. A., Nadkarni, L., Evarts, K., & Hyde, K. (2018). Mentoring in clinical psychology programs: Broadening and deepening. Training And Education In Professional Psychology, 12(1), 4-13. doi:10.1037/tep0000167

Summarized by Cyanea Poon

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New research took a closer look at the impact of school-based mentoring programs

Lyons, M. D., & McQuillin, S. D. (2018). Risks and rewards of school-based mentoring relationships: A reanalysis of the student mentoring program evaluation. School Psychology Quarterly, doi:10.1037/spq0000265

Summarized by Cyanea Poon

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New Poll: Relationships with mentors, friends have powerful impact on college experience

Elon Poll: Relationships with mentors, friends have powerful impact on college experience

A new Elon University Poll finds of more than 4,000 college graduates finds that building relationships is key to positive perceptions of the undergraduate experience.


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New research reviews mentoring program supporting Native American youth

Aschenbrener & Johnson. (2017). Educationally-Based, Culturally-Sensitive, Theory-Driven mentorship intervention with At-risk Native American youth in South Dakota: A narrative review. The Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 14-27. doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0537-z

 Summarized by Julia Mancini

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New research identifies role of mentoring in youth residential care

Sulimani-Aidan, Y. (2018). Present, protective, and promotive: Mentors’ roles in the lives of young adults in residential care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 88, 69-77. doi:10.1037/ort0000235

Summarized by Renée Klein Schaarsberg

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New research investigates the different mentor roles taken on by sports coaches

White, J. S., Schempp, P. G., McCullick, B. A., Berger, B. S., & Elliott, J. M. (2017). Mentoring relationships in sport from the protégé’s perspective. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 15(1), 152-168.

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Researchers propose pyramid model for mentoring African American youth

Washington, G., Barnes, D., & Watts, R. J. (2014). Reducing risk for youth violence by promoting healthy development with pyramid mentoring: A proposal for a culturally centered group mentoring. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 24646-657. doi:10.1080/10911359.2014.922789… Read the rest

New research investigates the challenges and successes of Y-A Partnerships

Heffernan, O. S., Herzog, T. M., Schiralli, J. E., Hawke, L. D., Chaim, G., & Henderson, J. L. (2017). Implementation of a youth-adult partnership model in youth mental health systems research: Challenges and successes. Health Expectations, 20, 1183-1188. doi:10.1111/hex.12554

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New research identifies “elusive ingredient” in mentoring relationships: Mutuality

Lester, A.M., Goodloe, C. L., Johnson, H. E., & Deutsch, N. L. (2018). Understanding mutuality: Unpacking relational processes in youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Community Psychology, 1-16. doi:

Summarized by Justin Preston

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