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Promoting a strengths-based approach to support youth and their families

Devaney, C., Brady, B., Crosse, R., & Jackson, R. (2022). Realizing the potential of a strengths-based approach in family support with young people and their parents. Child & Family Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12978 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  A strengths-based approach (SBA) aims to a) evaluate the resources and strengths an individual, family, and community has […]

Latinx Families’ Strengths and Resilience Contribute to Their Well-being

By Natasha Cabrera, Angelica Alonso, Yu Chen, and Rachel Ghosh, Reprinted from the Hispanic Research Center Cabrera, N., Alonso, A., Chen, Y., Ghosh, R. (2022). Latinx Families’ Strengths and Resilience Contribute to Their Well-Being. Bethesda, MD: National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families. https://www.hispanicresearchcenter.org/research-resources/latinx-families-strengths-and-resilience-contribute-to-their-well-being Below is an overview of this brief. Read the brief in its […]

Study explores hope, school belonging, and academic support for at-risk youth

Sulimani-Aidan, Y., & Melkman, E. (2022). School belonging and hope among at-risk youth: The contribution of academic support provided by youths’ social support networks. Child & Family Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12918 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although hopefulness can alleviate stress, uncertainty, & hardships, evidence indicates that at-risk youth have lower levels of hope compared to […]

[Reprint] Statement by SRCD President Nancy Hill on Texas Shooting

By Nancy E. Hill, Ph.D., Society for Research in Child Development May 26, 2022 We are heartbroken and stunned. Although we haven’t fully mourned or buried our brothers and sisters who were ruthlessly murdered in Buffalo, we are faced with another tragic shooting, this time of children—beautiful, innocent third and fourth graders—and their teachers. Schools […]

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 […]

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 […]

Assessing the impact of family relationships in youth mentoring through ecological lenses

Downey, S. K., Lyons, M. D., & Williams, J. L. (2022). The role of family relationships in youth mentoring: An ecological perspective. Children and Youth Services Review, 106508.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2022.106508 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although family relationships and youth mentoring programs play a role in youth development, it’s unclear how they are related. […]

How does social support affect the mental health of incarcerated people?

Chassay, L., & Kremer, K. P. (2022). Association between social support and mental health of incarcerated individuals. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 28(1), 47–53.  https://doi.org/10.1089/jchc.20.01.0003 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Incarcerated people experience mental health issues more frequently than the general population. 56% of incarcerated people in state prisons have one or more […]

YIM Mentors: What are the needs of youth & parents from multi-problem families?

Koper, N., Creemers, H. E., van Dam, L., Stams, G. J. J. M., & Branje, S. (2021). Needs of youth and parents from multi-problem families in the search for youth-initiated mentors. Youth & Society, 0044118X211058217.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X211058217 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although youth-initiated mentoring (YIM) is a viable approach to promoting a variety […]

The role of older neighbors in promoting youth well-being through the enhancement of social capital

Jespersen, B. V., Korbin, J. E., & Spilsbury, J. C. (2021). Older Neighbors and The Neighborhood Context of Child Well-Being: Pathways to Enhancing Social Capital for Children. American Journal of Community Psychology.  https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12520 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Researchers have become increasingly interested in exploring how the quality of neighborhood social networks affects youth well-being […]