Understanding the Well-Being of LGBTQI+ Populations

By Charlotte Patterson, Youth-NEX Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine & the UVA Department of Psychology In the fall of 2020, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a landmark report on the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer, intersex(e.g., persons with differences of sexual development), and other sexual and […]

Natural mentors can buffer the effects of racial discrimination on African American youth

Editor’s Note: Recent events and protests have sparked a national dialogue around race and the role of racial discrimination in the lives of young African Americans. This study suggests that both parents and mentors can play an important role in attenuating some of the negative effects and keeping young people focused on school.  Cooper, M. S., […]

Boys and girls take different paths to empathy

By Tara Kuther, Society for Research on Adolescence Empathy is a trait that develops during adolescence. However, it seems that the course of development might be gender-specific. Empathy, the capacity to take another person’s perspective and appreciate their emotion, is thought to increase over the course of adolescence with advances in cognition and emotion. Some […]

Mentor awareness: Girls may be discouraged from “brilliance” at a young age

Posted by James Devitt, NYU By the age of six, girls become less likely than boys to associate brilliance with their own gender and are more likely to avoid anything they think may require it. A new study published in the journal Science shows how early gender stereotypes take hold and suggests that they may […]

New research highlights role of mentoring in positive emotional development for boys

Exploring relationships among boys and men: A retrospective, qualitative study of a multi-year community-based group mentoring program Mark J Van Ryzin, Oregon Research Institute Secondary Education, Developmental Psychology Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B. A., Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring   Introduction: You may have experienced multiple occasions of individuals within the community that often associate […]

What do boys want?: A conversation with Professor Niobe Way

Niobe Way, a professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at N.Y.U.’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, discussed her book with New Yorker columnist, Vanna Lee. Her edited version of their conversation appears below. VL: Why boys? NW: My interest in boys’ development grew out of listening to my younger brothers and […]

Groundbreaking study is a cautionary tale for group mentoring programs

Editors Note: This is an important study with results that are promising but with a note of caution. I urge you to consider their implications, especially for group mentoring programs.  O’Donnell, C. R. & Williams, I. L. The Buddy System: A 35-Year Follow-Up of Criminal Offenses Clinical Psychological Science 2167702612456907, first published on October 18, 2012 as doi:10.1177/2167702612456907  Summarized by post-doctoral […]