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What factors promote positive youth development among Chinese youth?

Wang, Y., Li, X., Bronk, K. C., & Lin, D. (2022). Factors that promote positive Chinese youth development: A qualitative study. Applied Developmental Science, 0(0), 1–18.  https://doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2022.2060225 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Despite the pervasive use of positive youth development (PYD) in western countries, there’s a lack of work on PYD in mainland China, […]

Teens confide in certain adults more than parents about mental health

By Gianna Melillo, Changing America, The Hill New data suggests teens reach out to educators more than their parents about mental health concerns, while experts stress both adults can play complementary roles in supporting young people’s mental health. Most educators, 78 percent, have been approached by a child about a mental or emotional concern, according to […]

Why better data on students’ networks can start the school year off right

By Julia Freeland Fisher, The Christensen Institute Back to school means back to building relationships. Across high school campuses this fall, the first weeks of class will be marked by new rosters, ice breakers, hopes and dreams conferences, and the like as teachers set out to get to know their students and to help students […]

She Gives Me a Break from the World: Review Looks at Formal Youth Mentoring Relationships Between Adolescent Girls and Adult Women

Spencer, R., Liang, B. (2010). “She Gives Me a Break from the World”: Formal Youth Mentoring Relationships Between Adolescent Girls and Adult Women. J Primary Prevent, 30, 109–130. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-009-0172-1 Summarized by Maggie Bayly Notes of Interest: Youth mentees are typically paired with a same-sex adult mentor. For girls, in particular, theories and past programs indicated […]

OPINION: There’s an effective way to guide our students through mental health problems

By Chelsea Waite and Julia Freeland Fisher, The Hechinger Reporter New CDC data out last month revealed that more than 4 in 10 teens report feeling “persistently sad or hopeless.” The data reflects what parents and educators have learned intimately over the last two years: Young people are struggling with mental health. Unfortunately, schools tend […]

Race, Racism, and Relationships: What Matters for Teens’ Mental Health?

By Jessica Stern, YouthNEX Think back to your teenage years: Was it a happy time in your life, or did you struggle with feelings of depression? Did you lean on your close friends or family members for support, or did you deal with your feelings by yourself? And did you ever experience racial discrimination in […]

Excellent new NMRC report reviews mentoring around career interests.

Stelter, R., Melton, T., & Stewart, K. (2021). Mentoring for Enhancing Career Interests & Exploration. National Mentoring Resource Center. https://nationalmentoringresourcecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/NMRC-Career-Interests-and-Exploration-Review-website.pdf?inf_contact_key=da0209fe120e8b57a0a54dacc144bea5 Summarized by Ariel Ervin There’s a lack of awareness of the range of career options for youths and adolescents. There’s also limited research that explores the long-term effects of mentoring interventions on youths’ career interests and exploration […]

Study highlights the mentoring experiences and needs of adolescents & professionals in youth residential care?

Harder, A. T., Eenshuistra, A., & Knorth, E. J. (2022). Feeling Better: Experiences and Needs of Adolescents and Professionals Regarding Their Mentoring Relationship in Residential Youth Care. Child & Youth Care Forum, 51(3), 613–631.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-021-09645-x Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Youth in residential care exhibit more severe issues than youth in family-style group care and […]

Can learning-related social support mitigate the effect life stress has on adolescent life satisfaction?

Lyons, M. D., & Jiang, X. (2022). School-Related Social Support as a Buffer to Stressors in the Development of Adolescent Life Satisfaction. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 38(1), 21–38. https://doi.org/10.1080/15377903.2021.1895397 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Research shows that learning-related social support correlates with developmental outcomes. It’s still unclear whether learning-related social support mitigates the impact […]

Mom’s stress exposure can impact adolescent mental health

Zacher, M., Arkin, M., Rhodes, J., & Lowe, S. R. (2022). The Effects of Maternal Disaster Exposure on Adolescent Mental Health 12 Years Later. Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-022-00917-1 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Natural disasters have a detrimental effect on youth mental health. Given how common disasters are, it is essential to […]