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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 […]