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Navigating Sociopolitical Stress in Informal Mentorships: Insights for Educators and Youth Workers

Reference: Davis, A.L., Yazdani, N., Kornbluh, M., & McQuillin, S.D. (2023). Exploring the impact of natural mentors on sociopolitical stress: Implications for educators and youth workers. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice.  Summarized By: Ariel Ervin About the Study: College students faced unprecedented challenges during the fall of 2020 due to the rapid spread of […]

Study explores how the transition to online mentoring and learning affected vulnerable college students

Reference: Gobec, C., Turnbull, M., & Rillotta, F. (2022). Lessons learnt from transitioning to online mentoring and learning at university during COVID-19 for adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 26(4), 869-884. Summarized by: Ellen Parry Luff About the Study The transformative period of COVID-19 highlighted the increasing role of technology in daily life. […]

Navigating the Pandemic Storm: The Link Between Mentoring and Mental Health in College Science & Engineering Students

Reference: Saw, G. K., Chang, C. N., Lin, S., Hernandez, P. R., & Culbertson, R. (2023). Disparities in mentoring and mental health problems of US college students in science and engineering during the COVID-19 pandemic. Educational Psychology, 43(5), 509-530. Summarized by: Ellen Parry Luff About the Study The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health challenges […]

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Predicting Pandemic Pressures: Factors Shaping COVID-Related Stress in Military Families

Drew, A. L., Gregus, S. J., Steggerda, J. C., Slep, A. M. S., Herrera, C., Cavell, T. A., & Spencer, R. (2023). Pre-existing parental stress and youth internalizing symptoms predict parent-reported COVID-related stress in military families. Military Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/08995605.2023.2187165 Summarized by Ariel Ervin About the Study COVID-19 significantly disrupted family routines and their access to […]

New dissertation explores the persistence of first-generation college students during COVID-19

Beckman, C.M. (2022). How first-generation undergraduates persisted during COVID-19: Adaptive capital? [Doctoral Dissertation, Saint Mary’s College of California]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  There are different persistence and retention rates between first-generation (FC) college students and continuing-generation college students (CS). Evidence also indicates that people who have a bachelor’s degree […]

Research highlights the importance of a sense of “belonging” in school

By Monika Raniti, Divyangana Rakesh, & Susan M. Sawyer, Reprinted from The Conversation About one in five young Australians will experience a mental health problem like depression or anxiety each year. The COVID pandemic has only intensified mental health concerns in young people. In Australia, decades of investment in early intervention and treatment services have […]

Christensen Institute report: How technology can personalize learning and build students’ relationships

By Thomas Arnett, Reprinted from the Christensen Institute In the wake of the pandemic, most schools have doubled down on ensuring each and every student receives the support needed to thrive both mentally and academically. As part of this increased call-to-action, strategies around accelerated learning, personalized learning, and building students’ relationships have dominated headlines and […]

Teen Girls Are Faring Worse Than Boys on Nearly All Mental Health Measures—Here’s Why

By Anita Slomski, Reprinted from JAMA Network Child and reproductive psychiatrist Misty Richards, MD, MS, puts it bluntly: “Our teen girls are not okay.” The program director for UCLA’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship recently cared for a girl who attempted suicide after receiving a college rejection letter. “Her self-worth was measured in achievement and […]

Finding purpose during times of adversity: The MentorOn program

Patel, K. N., Lincoln, B., Gomez, L. A. M., Lopez, A. C., Ting, T., Lund, T. J., & Liang, B. (2023). MentorOn: A peer mentoring program developed for COVID‐19 times. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.23030 Summarized by Megyn Jasman and Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought up several concerns about youth […]