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Bridging the Mental Health Care Gap for Black Children Requires a Focus on Racial Equity and Access

By Fadumo M. Abdi & Mavis Sanders, Child Trends  Black children and families in the United States experience direct, indirect, and intergenerationally transmitted stressors that result from systemic racism, many of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Compared to pre-COVID mental and emotional health outcomes, data since the onset of the pandemic show […]

Familial Mentors May Help Promote Close Parent-Adolescent Relationships in Black Families

Source: Pexels By Janelle Billingsley, Youth NEX Studies show that a strong sense of connectedness to parents may protect Black youth from experiencing negative outcomes associated with exposure to anti-Black racism and structural inequality. [1,2] However, parents’ ability to support their children may be complicated during adolescence as parents and youth often experience increased conflict […]

New study shows how mentors support the parent-adolescent relationship

Billingsley, J. T., Rivens, A. J., Charity-Parker, B. M., Chang, S. H., Garrett, S. L., Li, T., & Hurd, M. (2021). Familial Mentor Support and Black Youths’ Connectedness to Parents Across Adolescence. Youth & Society, 0044118X211058215.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X211058215 Summarized by Ariel Ervin   Notes of Interest: Many Black adolescents undergo various developmental changes while experiencing risk factors commonly […]

[Webinar] The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity

Date: Friday, February 26, 2021, 1 PM EST Join Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBSA) on February 26, 2021, for a conversation with Artis Stevens (the President & CEO of BBBSA), Cheslie Kryst (Miss USA 2019 & BBBSA National Board member), and Dr. Nia Imani Fields (Maryland 4-H Program Leader & Assistant Director of University of […]

New study shows how family closeness can foster natural mentoring relationships among Black youth

Billingsley, J. T., Rivens, A. J., & Hurd, N. M. (2021). Family Closeness and Mentor Formation among Black Youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-020-01895-y Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Many studies on formal mentoring acknowledge the important influence parents have on their children’s mentoring relationships. However, there’s still a lack of research […]

What affects mentoring relationships within Black families? New study has answers

Billingsley, J. T., Rivens, A. J., & Hurd, N. M. (2020). Familial Interdependence, Socioeconomic  Disadvantage, and the Formation of Familial Mentoring Relationships Within Black Families. Journal of Adolescent Research, 0743558420979127. https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558420979127 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Research has shown that natural mentoring can have a positive effect on Black youth’s socioemotional development & academic […]