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

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. […]

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 […]

Rising Star: Meet Dr. Lindsey Weiler

The Weiler Research Lab is directed by Lindsey M. Weiler, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. The lab develop, test, and optimize preventive interventions for youth and families. The goal of this research is to identify effective strategies for fostering healthy development among marginalized and vulnerable populations.  […]

Three key factors that lead to mentor satisfaction

Martin, S. M., & Sifers, S. K. (2012). An evaluation of factors leading to mentor satisfaction with the mentoring relationship. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(5), 940-945. Summarized by Bridget Nestor, Editorial Assistant, Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring Introduction: Research suggests that mentoring relationships can provide positive outcomes for both mentor and mentee. Most literature, however, has […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Dr. Gary Harper’s research, advocacy, and policy work with LGBTQ+ youth in the U.S. and Africa

Gary W. Harper, PhD, MPH is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, as well as a Professor of Global Public Health, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Harper’s research and community work focuses on the mental health and sexual health needs of adolescents and young adults who experience varying degrees […]

New measure assesses whether youth’s relational needs are being met

Zvelc, G., Jovanoska, K., & Zvelc, M. (2020). Development and validation of the relational needs satisfaction scale. Frontiers in Psychology, 11(901). Summarized by Monica Arkin Notes of Interest: The Relational Needs Satisfaction Scale is a 20-item measure assessing how well relational needs are being met Relational needs are important throughout the lifespan and can only […]

Transference: A rarely acknowledged dimension of youth mentoring relationships - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Why are some therapists better than others: Implications for mentors

By Amy Novotney, APA Why are some psychologists better at providing therapy than others? “It’s quite surprising how little research has been devoted to [answering this question], particularly given its importance in psychotherapy training,” says Bruce Wampold, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. But that dearth of knowledge is about to change, thanks to a […]

Nearly 40% of US children lack strong emotional bonds with their parents

B. Rose Huber-Princeton In a study of 14,000 US children, researchers found that 40 percent lack strong emotional bonds with their parents—bonds that are crucial to success later in life. According to the report, published by Sutton Trust, children under the age of three who do not form strong bonds with their mothers or fathers […]

Mentoring and the New Science of “Wise Interventions”

  In his influential paper, The New Science of Wise Intervention, Stanford psychologist Gregory Walton argued for the importance of first developing psychologically precise theories of change that target the processes (e.g., maladaptive thoughts, behaviors, feelings, environments) that impede thriving and then developing interventions that efficiently target and alter these processes. Changes in these processes […]