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Study Finds Positive Physical and Mental Health Outcomes for Mentored Foster Care Youth


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Ahrens, K. R., DuBois, D. L., Richardson, L. P., Fan, M. Y., & Lozano, P. (2008). Youth in foster care with adult mentors during adolescence have improved adult outcomes. Pediatrics, 121(2), e246-e252.

Summarized by Elyssa Weber, UMB clinical Read the rest

Homeless Youth and their Natural Mentors

Homeless Youth and their Natural Mentors - The Chronicles of Evidence-Based MentoringDang, M.T., & Miller, E. (2016). Characteristics of natural mentoring relationships from the perspective of homeless youth. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1111/jcap.12038

Introduction: Relative to their peers, homeless youth face greater challenges … Read the rest

Presence of natural mentors and vigilant parents leads to more positive outcomes for Black youth

Hurd, N., Varner, F., & Rowley, S. (2013). Involved-vigilant parenting and socio-emotional well-being among Black youth: The moderating influence of natural mentoring relationships. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42(10), 1583-1595. Doi: 10.1007/s10964-012-9819-y
Summarized by Jessica Cunningham

Background:

Previous research … Read the rest

The mentoring paradox: Striking a balance in our work with youth

by Jean Rhodes

In recent months, I have joined the chorus of many of my colleagues (most notably Tim Cavell and Chris Elledge) in arguing that we have been so focused on building friendships and enduring ties that we have Read the rest

What do Americans think (and do) about mentoring?: Important new report sheds light

by Jean Rhodes and Matthew Hagler

With the release of a comprehensive new report on the scope of both structured and informal mentoring, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership has provided the field with important new data about the scope of … Read the rest

New research shows the important role of natural mentors for delinquency in youth

Editor’s Note: This recent longitudinal study provides interesting insights into the specific relationship between mentoring and juvenile delinquency. Not only does this article show the positive effects mentoring relationships seem to have on delinquency, the authors also discuss certain characteristics … Read the rest

New study shows lifelong influence of mentors: But there’s a catch

 by Jean E. Rhodes

It almost goes without saying that natural mentors can be enormously influential– from early childhood through adolescence and early adulthood (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000; Lerner & Theocas, 2006; Erickson et al., 2015). But, because such relationships Read the rest

New research investigates parents’ influence on success of mentoring relationship in academics

Editor’s Note: The present study helps to further support the idea of the important role that parents play in the success of a formal mentoring relationship with regards to academic outcomes. As such, mentoring programs could potentially further boost their Read the rest

New research highlights differential effects of natural mentors on youth eating disorders

Editor’s Note: This study highlights the importance of both recognizing the benefits of a mentoring relationship for youth who are experiencing difficulties with their body self-image as well as the limits of a supportive mentoring relationship in youth diagnosed with Read the rest

Donors bet big on paid mentoring: Does it work?

Written by Michael Fitzgerald, The Chronicle of Social Change

Mentoring saved 41-year-old Gary Clemons’ life.

Separated from his mother at age 5, running with violent gangs at 15, father to a visually disabled child at 19, and homeless at 24 … Read the rest