Content for Researchers & Academics

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

“They like me, they like me not”: Popularity and adolescents’ perceptions or acceptance predicting social functioning over time.

McElhaney, K., Antonishak, J., & Allen, J. (2008). “They like me, they like me not”: Popularity and adolescents’ perceptions or acceptance predicting social functioning over time. Child Development, 79 (3), 720-731. Problem: Throughout adolescent development, the importance of peer relationships greatly increases. These peer relationships help provide an important context for learning relational skills that […]

★ Rising Star: Edmond Bowers

Editors Note: We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn more about the work of Dr. Edmond Bowers, Assistant Research Professor at Tufts University’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development. For the past few years, Ed has been developing and testing tools to increase the capacity of mentors in youth-serving organizations to […]

The Significance of intergenerational relationships in the lives of immigrant students

Suarez-Orozco, C. Pimmental, A. & Martin, M. (2009). The Significance of Relationships. Academic Engagement and Achievement Among Newcomer Immigrant Youth. Teachers College Record, 111 (3), 712-749.   Background: Immigrant youth and their families come to the United States with a variety of strengths and motivations; however, systemic challenges that emerge hinder positive adjustment, particularly within […]

What can we learn from research on camp counselors?: The role of personality

Loveland, J. M., Gibson, L. W., Lounsbury, J. W., & Huffstetler, B. C. (2005). Broad and narrow personality traits in relation to the job performance of camp counselors. Child and Youth Care Forum, 34(3), 241-255. Background The authors sought to test whether personality traits could be linked to performance ratings of youth camp counselors. Assessment […]

Mentoring and social skills training: Ensuring better outcomes for youth in foster care.

Williams, C. Mentoring and social skills training: Ensuring better outcomes for youth in foster care. Child Welfare, 90 (1), 59-74. Background: Approximately 500,000 youth in the United States are in the foster care system, of those youth, 50-75%  experience either behavioral or social-emotional problems as well as being at risk for a myriad of other […]

On Methods: What are mediation and moderation?

    By Adar Ben-Eliyahu One of the burning questions for practitioners, researchers, and policy makers is – how does mentoring work? We have all seen that mentoring is correlated with good outcomes, but correlation does not explain what leads to those outcomes, why or how. A correlation can tell us if the relations are positive, […]

Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs

Larson, R., & Angus, R. (2011). Adolescents’ development of skills for agency in youth programs: Learning to think strategically. Child Development, 82 (1), 277-294. Problem: An objective of many youth programs often focus on  the development of agency skills, referring to “cognitive tools, including insights, precepts, knowledge, and action schemas that youth might employ to […]

Upcoming Mentoring Conferences in Colorado, California, and Oregon

Register Today for Mentoring Conferences in Colorado, California, Oregon from Mentoring.org. March 26, 2013: Registration is open for three conferences focused on advancing quality youth mentoring: The Youth Mentoring Collaborative (YMC) and Serve Colorado’s Colorado Mentoring Symposium – Youth Mentoring: The Next Step – April 12 in Denver; the Friends for Youth’s 14th Annual Mentoring Conference – […]

The effects of parent, teacher, and peer support on school engagement

Column Editor Renee Spencer’s Note: Recent scholarship is drawing attention to the link between mentoring and the long-standing and rich literature on social support. For example, Sterrett and colleagues (2011) argue that social support theory can offer a guiding framework for continued research on supportive non-parental adults and the role they play in promoting positive […]

Instrumental relationships: A potential relational model for inner-city youth programs.

Halpern, R. (2005). Instrumental relationships: A potential relational model for inner-city youth programs. Journal of Community Psychology, 33 (1), 11-20. Problem: Many inner city youth face heightened psychological and situational barriers affecting their ability to take advantage to specific opportunities that are afforded to them. Youth programs  are faced with the challenge of how to […]