Content for Researchers & Academics

All content relevant for academics, students, and research-minded individuals who are interested in youth mentoring research.

[Webinar] 2022 Youth Mentoring Research Symposium

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 1-4 PM EST; Special poster session from 6-7 PM, and Thursday, April 28, 1-4 PM. Registration is now open for the 2022 Youth Mentoring Research Symposium (virtual). Join researchers to discuss the state of mentoring topics that affect public policy & philanthropy, in addition to methodologies and frameworks for conducting more […]

I Don’t think you like me very much: Child minority status and disadvantage predict relationship quality with teachers

Fitzpatrick, C., Côté-Lussier, C., Pagani, L. S., & Blair, C. (2017). I Don’t think you like me very much: Child minority status and disadvantage predict relationship quality with teachers. Youth & Society, 1-17. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X13508962. Summarized by Stella Kanchewa, M.A., UMass Boston doctoral student Children’s academic performance relates to important adult outcomes including career options, […]

The importance of teacher-child relationships during elementary school

Maldonado-Carreno, C., & Votruba-Drzal, E. (2011). Teacher-child relationships and the development of academic and behavioral skills during elementary school: A within- and between-child analysis. Child Development, 82(2), 601-616. Introduction:  Teacher-child relationship quality in the early school years has been linked to child well-being in a variety of domains: peer relationships, behavior problems, classroom adjustment, and […]

On Methods: What’s a meta-analysis, anyways?

  by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Assistant Professor, University of Haifa There is often considerable fanfare when a new meta-analysis is published. What’s the excitement about anyways? Don’t most meta-analyses seem to be saying things we already know from previous research? This is somewhat true, as meta-analyses summarize previous research findings. However, in contrast to a review, […]

On Methods: What’s the difference between qualitative and quantitative approaches?

Editors Note: We are very fortunate to have Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. our new Methods Editor, sharing with us her considerable expertise on research methods. Dr. Ben-Eliyahu completed her doctorate in developmental psychology at Duke University, where she honed very strong skills in methods. She is currently a MacArthur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Evidence-Based […]

New research agenda by MENTOR introduces four key priorities for future mentoring research

MENTOR (2021) Growing Insights and Innovations: A Research Agenda for the Modern Youth Mentoring. MENTOR.  https://www.mentoring.org/resource/growing-insights-and-innovations-a-research-agenda-for-the-modern-youth-mentoring-movement/ Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although the field of mentoring has grown and evolved over the years, there’s still the question of what the expectations are for youth mentoring. This research agenda summarizes four key priorities for […]

Things May Fall Apart but You Will Make it Through with a Little Help from your Family, Friends, Teachers, and School

We are pleased to feature this thoughtful essay about first generation college students from Professor Margarita Azmitia. Dr. Azmitia grew up in Guatemala and is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She studies how family, peer, schools, and communities contour adolescents and young adults educational and identity pathways, adolescents’ friendships, […]

Youth-Initiated Mentoring as a Scalable Approach to Addressing Mental Health Problems During the COVID-19 Crisis

Levi van Dam, PhD1; Jean Rhodes, PhD2; Renée Spencer, EdD3 Author Affiliations Article Information JAMA Psychiatry. Published online April 28, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2021.0490 COVID-19 Resource Center Although adolescents have lower COVID-19 infection rates compared with adults, the pandemic is taking a toll on young people’s mental health. There have been multiple reports of increases in mental health challenges for adolescents during the […]

The Role of Positive Youth Development

 By Wei-Lin Chen, Society for Research on Adolescence Linver, M. R., Urban, J. B., Chen, W.-L., Gama, L., & Swomley, V. I. (2021). Predicting Positive Youth Development from Self-Regulation and Purpose in Early Adolescence. Journal of Research on Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12621 Positive Youth Development (PYD) emphasizes the potential for healthy, successful development, via interpersonal skills and relationships, confidence […]

Using the Web of Support Framework

By Dr. Shannon Vargar & Dr. Jonathan Zaff, CERES Institute for Children & Youth  Every day young people attend schools, participate in after school programs, show up for jobs, and navigate their neighborhoods filled with adults and peers who have the potential to help them as they pursue their education, work, life, and health goals. […]