Activity tied to greater happiness: Implications for mentoring relationships

By Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times When people get up and move, even a little, they tend to be happier than when they are still, according to an interesting new study that used cellphone data to track activities and moods. In general, the researchers found, people who move are more content than people who sit. […]

New research highlights potential of organizing social support to promote health

Posted by Katie Delach To encourage healthy habits and actions, doctors should leverage patients’ engagement with their friends and families—rather than increasing their interactions with medical professionals. In a new perspective published by the New England Journal of Medicine, behavioral economists suggest a five-step ladder to effectively engineer social engagements that promote health and to test their […]

Being kind serves to elevate your own well-being

Written by Douglas LaBier and originally posted on the Huffington Post I came across this small but useful study from Oxford researchers, and it caught my attention because it’s one more bit of evidence of our underlying interconnectedness. It shows that doing something positive for others enhances our own happiness. The study consisted of a […]

New research asks mentors to reflect on their perceptions of youth and the mentor role

Lakind, D., Akins, M., & Eddy, J. M. (2015). Youth mentoring relationships in context: Mentor perceptions of youth, environment, and the mentor role. Children and Youth Services Review, 53, 52-60.   Summarized by Umass Boston clinical psychology graduate student, Samantha Burton   Introduction: Mentors’ perceptions of their mentees can influence the length of the mentoring […]

Mentoring’s Promise and Limits

By Larry Gordon Editor’s Note: This article appeared recently in the Atlantic. Research on the long-term effects of advisers is mixed, and some programs are now relying on video-game networks and other technology to forge stronger relationships. Fred Thornhill / Reuters When Leo Hall was 8 years old, his mother sent him to a tutoring […]

Youth with spinal cord injuries improve quality of life with a model mentoring program called “Back on Track”

Shem, K., Medel, R., Wright, J., Kolakowsky-Hayner, S. A., & Duong, T. (2011). Return to work and school: A model mentoring program for youth and young adults with spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 49(4), 544-549. Summarized by Jessica Cunningham, B. A., Lab Manager, Center of Evidence-Based Mentoring   Introduction:  People who become disabled in adolescence and […]

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 […]

Soledad O’Brien: “A mentor helps you look at your life from 35,000 feet”

Written by Tanisha Love Ramirez, The Huffington Post   Soledad O’Brien had many great mentors throughout her life and career ― now, she wants to pay it forward. The award-winning journalist spoke with The Huffington Post recently about her role as the host of the fifth annual American Graduate Day on Saturday, and her personal investment […]

With friends like these: Research identifies likely source of teen cyberbullying

Written by Matthew Swayne,   Past or present friendship or dating makes cyberbullying much more likely to occur between two teenagers, new research shows. “A common concern regarding cyberbullying is that strangers can attack someone, but here we see evidence that there are significant risks associated with close connections,” says Diane Felmlee, professor of […]

Social media and body issues in youth: Why mentors are well-suited to intervene

Written by Allison Hydzik   Young adults who log onto social media sites frequently throughout the week or spend hours trawling various social feeds during the day may be at greater risk of eating and body image concerns, according to a new study. Gender, specific age, race, and income did not influence the association—all demographic […]