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New study finds Dutch youth were more likely to adhere to COVID-19 measures if they had a natural mentor

Koning, N., Hagedoorn, N., Stams, G.-J. J. M., Assink, M., & van Dam, L. (2021). What makes Dutch youth comply with preventive COVID-19 measures? An explorative study. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22651 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Taking preventative measures is necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19. This explorative study explores which factors […]

New case study explores fictive kinship in a Black adolescent’s natural mentoring relationship

Scott, E. D., & Deutsch, N. L. (2021). Conferring Kinship: Examining Fictive Kinship Status in a Black Adolescent’s Natural Mentoring Relationship. Journal of Black Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/00957984211002613 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although researchers are interested in understanding how youth create and maintain natural mentorships, little is known about youths’ experiences within these relationships. This […]

Someone who ‘gets’ me: How mentees’ perceived positive regard from natural mentors impact youth outcomes

Ben-Eliyahu, A., Sykes, L. A. Y., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). Someone who ‘gets’ me: Adolescents’ perceptions of positive regard from natural mentors. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 29(3), 305–327. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2021.1927438 Summarized by Ariel Ervin  Notes of Interest:  Despite the overall benefits of natural mentoring relationships for youth development, the presence of natural mentors appears to […]

New study investigates how natural mentoring affects college students’ mental health

Le, T. P., Hsu, T., & Raposa, E. B. (2021). Effects of Natural Mentoring Relationships on College Students’ Mental Health: The Role of Emotion Regulation. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12504 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although social support is a major protective factor of college-related stressors, not many studies explore the impact natural mentoring […]

Are supportive relationships enough? The great debate continues

by Jean Rhodes In their provocative new paper, Back to the Future: Mentoring as Means and End in Promoting Child Mental Health, mentoring experts Tim Cavell, Renée Spencer & Sam D. McQuillin make the case for several approaches, including the “supportive mentoring” approach, wherein the “mentoring relationship is not intended as a targeted intervention designed to produce […]

[Webinar] Investing in America’s Future: Reconnecting Opportunity Youth

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Many youths from racially marginalized communities, especially those that have multiple risk factors (e.g. living in poverty and/or being involved in the criminal justice system) are less likely to have naturally-occurring mentoring relationships with non-parental figures.   This March, MENTOR will have a discussion on tackling […]

New study explores how natural mentoring relationships can benefit survivors of caregiver childhood abuse

Ku, E. B. W., Hagler, M. A., Parnes, M. F., Schwartz, S. E. O., Rhodes, J. E., & Erickson, L. D. (2021). Natural mentoring relationships among survivors of caregiver childhood abuse: Findings from the Add Health Study. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences,  1483(1), 50–66. https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14313 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although social […]

How natural mentoring and sense of belonging affect resilience of adolescents in out-of-home care

Sulimani-Aidan, Y., & Tayri-Schwartz, T. (2021). The role of natural mentoring and sense of belonging in enhancing resilience among youth in care. Children and Youth Services Review, 120, 105773. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105773 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Resilience is an essential factor to consider when examining youth who experienced adversity. While it can be a complex […]

What affects mentoring relationships within Black families? New study has answers

Billingsley, J. T., Rivens, A. J., & Hurd, N. M. (2020). Familial Interdependence, Socioeconomic  Disadvantage, and the Formation of Familial Mentoring Relationships Within Black Families. Journal of Adolescent Research, 0743558420979127. https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558420979127 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Research has shown that natural mentoring can have a positive effect on Black youth’s socioemotional development & academic […]

Promoting a sense of purpose and meaning through natural mentoring

White, A.E., Lincoln, B., Liang, B., Sepulveda, J., Matyjaszczyk, V., Kupersmith, C, Hill, N.E.,  & Perella, J. (2020). “My Mentor Thinks That I can Be Someone Amazing”: Drawing Out  Youths’ Passions and Purpose. Journal of Adolescent Research, 1 – 26. https://doi.org/10.1177/0743558420942481  Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although young people have more career paths to […]