It’s all about me! How narcissism affects mentoring relationships

Allen, T. D., Johnson, H., Rodopman, O. B., Ottinot, R. C., & Biga, A. (2009). Mentoring and protégé narcissistic entitlement. Journal of Career Development, 35, 385-405 Problem There has been relatively little research incorporating personality into the study of mentoring. Yet because personality characteristics influence individual behavior, as well as interpersonal interactions, they likely play a role in […]

Marty Martinez’ Top Mentoring Moments

by Marty Martinez Throughout my life, I’ve been lucky enough to have had mentors in my life as well as to be a mentor to others.  I’d like to share some of these relationships in my Top Ten Mentoring Moments!  Mentoring Moment #10 At 14 years of age, my mother had me involved in Latino youth leadership programs. She believed, […]

New study explores how personalities affect mentoring relationships

By Limor Goldner Goldner, L. (2015). Prote ge´s’ Personality Traits, Expectations, the Quality of the Mentoring Relationship and Adjustment: A Big Five Analysis, Child Youth Care Forum. Online 26 May. Abstract Background   Community-based mentoring interventions can benefit high-risk youth.  However, meta-analyses suggest that these benefits may be conditioned by protégés’ personality. Objectives   Associations between protégés’ […]

#Thankyourmentor: NBC Anchor thanks her mentor

  In this series, professionals thank those who helped them reach where they are today. Read the posts here, then write your own. Use #ThankYourMentor and @mention your mentor when sharing. Dylan Dreyer:  I never knew I needed one so I never searched one out, but when you find a mentor it will change your […]

To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question

Henretty, J., & Levitt, H. (2010). The role of therapist self-disclosure in psychotherapy: A qualitative review. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 63-77. (Summarized by Laura Yoviene, University of Massachusetts at Boston Clinical Psychology Student). The role of therapist self-disclosure and implications for mentoring relationships Summary: In this article, Henretty and Levitt review the long-standing and sometimes conflicted […]

Adult-youth relationships: The critical ingredient across interventions

summarized by Laura Yoviene Li, J., & Julian, M. (2012). Developing relationships as the active ingredient: A unifying working hypothesis of “what works” across intervention settings.American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82 (2), 157-166. Background: Much research and vast resources  focus on pinpointing the critical component or active ingredient that is responsible for producing the outcomes of […]

FORUM: Should mentors and mentees be “friends” on social media?

It goes without saying that social media has dramatically changed the way people interact and share their lives with others over the past decade. We now have the ability to broadcast information about ourselves to audiences at a scale that once would have seemed unimaginable. We also have the ability to carefully curate a “public” […]

New study shows important pathway to mentor commitment

Gettings, P.E. & Wilson, S.R. (2014). Examining commitment and relational maintenance in formal youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1-27, DOI: 10.1177/0265407514522145. summarized by Stella Kanchewa, M.A., UMass Boston doctoral student.   Background: Previous studies (e.g., Grossman et al. 2012; Grossman & Rhodes, 2002) have established the formation of an enduring relationship […]

Do mentoring pairs tend to meet less as their matches progress? : Evidence from an Irish study

by Bernadine Brady & Pat Dolan  Editors Note: We are delighted to include the perspectives of our colleagues in Ireland, Bernadine Brady and Pat Dolan. As they note, relationships tend to meet less frequently as time goes on. They pose an interesting question–which and ask for your perspective–what should programs’ response be to this trend?  […]

FORUM: How do you encourage mentors to support students academically?

For the longest time, policymakers, school districts, and educators have been trying to figure out how to use the power of mentoring to support students academically. Early on, this led to mentoring programs that were “mentoring” in name, but heavy on tutoring or other direct academic support in terms of the actual activities volunteers and […]