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Which young people have access to informal mentoring?

Gowdy, G., Miller, D. P., & Spencer, R. (2020). Expanding and deepening our understanding of  which young people are most likely to have an informal mentor. Children and Youth Services Review, 108, 104490. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104490 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Approximately 50% of young people do not have an informal mentor There’s a lack of […]

Identifying key features of mentor self-disclosure in the context of youth mentoring

Dutton, H., Deane, K. L., & Bullen, P. (2020). Opening up: An exploration of youth mentor self-disclosure using laboratory-based direct observation. Children and Youth Services Review, 108, 104654. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104654 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Self-disclosure helps strengthen existing relationships as well as help create new ones Despite the importance of having close mentoring […]

How a program supporting mentoring relationships affects the promotion of children’s developmental, social, behavioral outcomes and mental health

DeWit, D., DuBois, J., Erdem, G., Larose, S., & Lipman, E. (2016). The Role of Program-Supported Mentoring Relationships in Promoting Youth Mental Health, Behavioral and Developmental Outcomes. Prevention Science, 17(5), 646-657. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Analyzed the connection between developmental, behavioral, and emotional outcomes, as well as youth mentoring, based on the data from a […]

How mentoring relationship quality profiles connect to urban, low-income youth’s academic outcomes

Liao, C., & Sánchez, B. (2019). Mentoring Relationship Quality Profiles and Their Association With Urban, Low-Income Youth’s Academic Outcomes. Youth & Society, 51(4), 443-462. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Liao’s & Sánchez’s study sought to: pinpoint mentor quality profiles depending on the traits of the informal mentoring relationships explore how the demographic traits of the […]

What is the impact of social support through mentoring on youth?

Brady, B., Dolan, P., & Canavan, J. (2017). ‘He told me to calm down and all that’: A qualitative study of forms of social support in youth mentoring relationships. Child & Family Social Work,22(1), 266-274. Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest: The increased perception that young people facing adversity have limited access to supportive and […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

Below is a profile of Professor Johanna Greeson. Johanna’s excellent new book will be out next month!  by Kate Powers Introduction: Johanna Greeson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Greeson received her MSW from Bryn Mawr College in 1999, and then returned to […]

From “out of the park” mentoring relationships to consistent, evidence-based approaches

by Jean Rhodes For years, I was stubbornly convinced that formal mentoring programs should focus mostly on creating and maintaining deep, emotional bonds. I saw attempts to scale back on relationship length and strength, or to rely on curricula, as existential threats to the field–destined to reduce already modest effects. But, evaluations and meta-analyses of […]

What predicts mentor self-efficacy? Hint: it starts with “E”

summarized by Stella Kanchewa, Ph.D. Larose, S. (2014). Trajectories of mentors’ perceived self-efficacy during an academic mentoring experience: What they look like and what are their personal and experimental correlates? Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 21(2), 150-174, doi:10.1080/13611267.2013.813728. Problem: Previous studies have shown that mentor’s perceived self-efficacy (MPSE), defined as the “mentor’s level of […]

Research applies sociological concepts to mentoring programs

Stanton-Salazar, R. (2016). Contributions of social capital theory and social network models in advancing the connection between students’ school-based learning and community-based opportunities for pursuing interest-driven learning. Paper presented at Power Brokers: Building Youth Social Capital through Connected Learning. University of California, Irvine.   Summarized by Justin Preston In a paper presented in the Fall […]