Research from Related Fields

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

Six best practices to maximize youth leadership in out-of-school time programs

Wu, J. H.-C., Shereda, A., Stacy, S. T., Weiss, J. K., & Heintschel, M. (2022). Maximizing youth leadership in out-of-school time programs: Six best practices from youth driven spaces. Journal of Youth Development, 17(3).  https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2022.1179 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Youth-adult partnerships (Y-AP) are becoming a common approach to encouraging people to participate in youth […]

The current state of college mental health and what we can do about it

Abelson, S., Lipson, S. K., & Eisenberg, D. (2022). Mental health in college populations: A multidisciplinary review of what works, evidence gaps, and paths forward. In L. W. Perna (Ed.), Higher education: Handbook of Theory and Research. Springer Cham. Summarized by Megyn Jasman Notes of Interest:  Colleges and universities are concerned with the well-being of […]

The power of Black female friendships in predominantly White colleges

Leath, S., Mims, L., Evans, K. A., Parker, T., & Billingsley, J. T. (2022). “I can be unapologetically who I am”: A study of friendship among Black undergraduate women at PWIs. Emerging Adulthood, 10(4), 837–851.  https://doi.org/10.1177/21676968211066156 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence shows that Black students attending predominantly White institutions (PWIs) experience on-campus […]

Study shows that mentoring programs can help reduce juvenile offending and antisocial behavior.

Farrington, D. P., Gaffney, H., & White, H. (2022). Effectiveness of 12 types of interventions in reducing juvenile offending and antisocial behaviour. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjccj.2022-0022 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  This paper reviews findings from systemic reviews to assess the efficiency of twelve intervention types in lowering anti-social and juvenile […]

Developmental relationships and student academic motivation: Current research and future findings.

Scales, P.C., Pekel, K., & Houltberg, B.J. (2022). Developmental relationships and student academic motivation: Current research and future findings. In A.L. Reschly & S.L. Christenson (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Student Engagement (pp. 257-283). Springer Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-07853-8_13 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence shows that student-teacher relationships in school settings are essential for motivation. […]

Cuteness overload: Why cuteness evokes empathic concern

Steinnes et al., (2019). Too cute for words: Cuteness evokes the heartwarming emotion of Kama Muta. Fronteirs in Psychological Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00387 Cuteness overload: An overload of cuteness; when something or someone is so super cute that there is no word for it. Urban Dictionary, 2008 Cute attack: A sensational response incited by the witnessing of […]

How can turning points facilitate change among care-experienced youth?

Roberts, L., Scourfield, J., & Taussig, H. (2022). Insights into turning points from the perspective of young people with out-of-home care experience: Events, impact and facilitators of change. Developmental Child Welfare, 4(4), 237–252.  https://doi.org/10.1177/25161032221118910 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Evidence suggests that out-of-home-care (aka care-experienced) youth have an increased risk of mental health issues, substance/alcohol […]

What were youth development staff members’ experiences during COVID-19?

Woodberry-Shaw, D., Akiva, T., & Lewis, S. S. (2022). Youth development staff experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic: A mixed methods study. Child & Youth Care Forum.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-022-09711-y Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Youth development staff play a key role in providing support for young people. This study examined the experiences of youth development […]

A novel peer-to-peer coaching paraprofessional training program to support digital mental health

Rosenberg, B. M., Kodish, T., Cohen, Z. D., Gong-Guy, E., & Craske, M. G. (2022). A novel peer-to-peer coaching program to support digital mental health: Design and implementation. JMIR Mental Health, 9(1), e32430. Summarized by Saniya Soni Notes of Interest: Paraprofessional support models are a significant pathway to bridge the gap in mental health care […]

New systemic review/meta-analysis explores digital interventions for emotion regulation in youth

Reynard, S., Dias, J., Mitic, M., Schrank, B., & Woodcock, K. A. (2022). Digital interventions for emotion regulation in children and early adolescents: Systematic review and meta-analysis. JMIR Serious Games, 10(3), e31456. https://doi.org/10.2196/31456 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Emotion regulation challenges correlate with negative mental health and social outcomes. While digital interventions are […]