What is emotion regulation and how can mentors help?

  by  Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Haifa Long ago, psychologists recognized the important role that emotions can play in shaping the quality of our relationships and, more generally, our life courses. Emotions spark the bond between parents and their newborns; they attract romantic partners and they draw us to certain activities and deter […]

Caring adult support associated with youth “sparks”

Ben-Eliyahu, A., Rhodes, J. E., & Scales, P. (2014). The interest-driven pursuits of 15-year-olds: “Sparks” and their association with caring relationships and developmental outcomes. Applied Developmental Science, 18(2), 76-89.[PDF] Summarized by Adar Ben-Eliyahu Problem: Researchers have characterized a spark as a “passion for a self-identified interest, skill or capacity that metaphorically lights a fire in […]

Sparks: An important ingredient in why active kids excel!

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. (Appearing also in Research shows that when children are physically active, they get stronger mentally, emotionally and socially, and increase their likelihood for success in all aspects of their lives. Why should we invest in our children’s physical activities? Or what should we invest in? Other than the physical health aspect of […]

What is person-centered analysis?

Within quantitative research, most analyses can be grouped into two main types of analyses: person-centered and variable-centered. Both types of analyses use quantitative variables, and are therefore considered quantitative. Thinking about variable-centered analyses seems more intuitive. Variable-Centered analyses are ones that treat each variable (or characteristic) as related to another variable. For example whether mentoring is related […]

What is a path model?

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu Path Models A path model depicts the causal relations between characteristics of interest (variables). In general, path models are read from left to right, with the variables on the left (independent variables) predicting the outcome variable on the right. There are specific rules for drawing path models. For example, arrows can be single […]

The Basics of Structural Equation Modeling

A Structural Equation Model (SEM) is a quantitative statistical analysis that examines causal relations between variables or between items. The nature of the relations is determined by theory or research design. There are two types of SEM models: 1) Measurement Model A measurement model investigates how certain survey questions (or scale items) tap into the […]

Do results apply to my program?: External validity, generalizability, and transferability refer to fairly similar ideas.

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Technically speaking there are slight differences in the definitions presented below: External validity– to what extent do the study findings apply to other programs not studied within the particular study? Generalizability  – is this true for other similar programs? Transferability – can this be applied to other programs that are different? […]