What predicts mentoring relationship quality? An investigation from the perspective of mentees and their parents

De Wit, D. J., DuBois, D. L., Erdem, G., Larose, S., & Lipman, E. L. (2020). Predictors of mentoring relationship quality: Investigation from the perspectives of youth and parent participants in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada one-to-one mentoring programs. Journal of Community Psychology, 48(2), 192–208. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Mentoring relationship quality (MRQ) […]

How do mentoring relationships grow over time? New study has answers!

Spiekermann, L., Lyons, M., & Deutsch, N. (2021). A mixed-methods approach to understanding trajectories of mentoring relationship growth. Journal of Community Psychology. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although mentors play a vital role in mentoring relationships, there isn’t a consensus on how mentors should develop and maintain quality relationships with their mentees over […]

What are the benefits and drawbacks of self-disclosure in youth mentorships?

Dutton, H., Deane, K.L., & Bullen, P. (2021). Exploring the benefits and risks of mentor self-disclosure: relationship quality and ethics in youth mentoring. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Even though self-disclosure can have a significant impact on interpersonal relationships, not much is known about the positive and […]

Mentoring expert, Òscar Prieto-Flores, highlights the importance of relationship quality in mentoring programs

Experts’ Corner: Mentoring in the era of COVID-19 From the ‘Mentoring in the era of COVID-19: Nine experts in the field weigh in’ article by Justin Preston and Monica Arkin Dr. Òscar Prieto-Flores, associate professor of sociology at the University of Girona in Spain, agrees that relationship quality, while not the only necessary component of […]

[Webinar] Caregiver Engagement: A Key to Quality Mentoring and Social Justice

Date: Apr 15, 2021 01:00 PM EST Although familial adult figures have influential roles in quality youth mentoring matches and their children’s futures, parents, guardians, & caregivers of color and those from working-class backgrounds are often excluded from mentoring programs.    This webinar highlights the detriments of devaluing marginalized parents & caregivers and discusses how this […]

How program staff influence mentor-mentee relationship quality

Keller, T. E., & DuBois, D. L. (2021). Influence of program staff on quality of relationships in a community-based youth mentoring program. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1483(1), 112–126. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although staff play influential roles in the quality of mentoring relationships and mentoring programming, not […]

Creating sustainable youth-initiated mentoring relationships in social work

van Dam, L., Heijmans, L., & Stams, G. J. (2021). Youth Initiated Mentoring in Social Work: Sustainable Solution for Youth with Complex Needs? Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although youth-initiated mentoring (YIM) is an accessible form of mentoring that combines the benefits of formal and informal mentoring, there […]