Practice

Older workers with the “right job” have fewer health troubles, can act as mentors

By Amy McCaig, Futurity Staying in the wrong job can be bad for the health of older people and push them into early retirement, research suggests. The researchers found that when older workers’ reasoning abilities matched well with their job demands, they reported fewer chronic health problems than when they couldn’t keep up. And when […]

Natural mentoring for foster youth moves from theory to practice

By Devon Ziminski, The Chronicle of Social Change Young people emancipated from the foster care system are assumed to be ready for adult life. In reality this is often not the case, but more and more organizations are stepping up to better prepare foster youth for life on their own – particularly by helping them make lasting […]

How can researchers study developmental constructs over time when age-appropriate measures change as their sample ages?

By Sarah Beal, Society for Research on Adolescence Studying change in depressive symptoms in youth over time poses specific challenges for researchers related to both change in symptom manifestation and change in age-validated measurement. Assessing change in mental health, such as depressive symptoms, across development is particularly challenging for two related reasons. First, the symptoms […]

Methods Corner: What is an effect size?

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Most studies focus on “statistical significance,” or the probability that certain findings are reflected in the data. To test this, researchers actually propose a “null hypothesis,”  (e.g., mentoring has no effect on self-esteem). If the data show that the null hypothesis has less than a 5% chance of being right, we […]

How to support the adolescent activists in your life

Mimi Arbeit, Society for Research on Adolescence We are watching them mobilize across the country: youth fighting for gun control; youth fighting for a Clean DREAM Act; youth fighting against police brutality and structural racism. Here are ways you can offer support to the adolescent activists in your life — and maybe also help a young person along the pathway […]

Poverty, not war trauma, harms cognition in child refugees

By Mike Cummings, Futurity  Poverty, not war-related trauma, drives cognitive deficits in child refugees displaced by conflict, according to a new study of adolescents affected by the crisis in Syria. While somewhat unexpected, given the high levels of war exposure in Syrian refugees, the findings align with recent studies of US children living in adversity, […]

Youth in foster care need more support in transition to college

By Eshonteé Rowe, Youth Today Going through the foster care system isn’t easy, but what happens to youth as they begin to transition into life outside foster care? Many conversations come up about turning 18 and plans for after graduation, but they are typically just conversations if the youth doesn’t have the appropriate adult supporters […]

Finding the mentoring “sweet spot” by letting youth take the lead on setting and assessing goals

By: Dr. Edmond Bowers, National Mentoring Resource Center The field of mentoring has frequently debated the essential ingredient of relationships to promote positive outcomes in mentees. On one hand, some argue that developmental support, mentoring behaviors that build closeness in the match and promote a mentee’s self-concept and emotional development, is key. On the other […]

‘Mindfulness’ training improves self-control for incarcerated male adolescents

By Christopher James, Futurity A meditation-based therapy known as ‘mindfulness’ training can improve attention skills in incarcerated youth and increase self-control over emotions and actions, research shows. The recent study is the first to show that mindfulness training can be used in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy to protect attentional functioning in high-risk incarcerated youth. […]

Youth, mentoring, and the opioid crisis: New tools for assessing needs and tracking outcomes

By David Dubois, National Mentoring Resource Center Blog Back in June of last year, Mike Garringer contributed an entry on this blog that addressed the ways in which mentoring for youth potentially could be useful in combating the opioid crisis (see “The Promise and Potential of Mentors in Combating the Opioid Crisis”). Mike highlighted a […]