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Familial Mentors May Help Promote Close Parent-Adolescent Relationships in Black Families

Source: Pexels By Janelle Billingsley, Youth NEX Studies show that a strong sense of connectedness to parents may protect Black youth from experiencing negative outcomes associated with exposure to anti-Black racism and structural inequality. [1,2] However, parents’ ability to support their children may be complicated during adolescence as parents and youth often experience increased conflict […]

Youth purpose: The importance of fostering other-oriented aims in parent-child relationships

Lund, T. J., Liang, B., Sepulveda, J., White, A. E., Patel, K., Mousseau, A. M. D., & Spencer, R. (2021). Parenting and youth purpose: Fostering other-oriented aims. Youth, 1(1), 2–13. https://doi.org/10.3390/youth1010002 Summarized by Notes of Interest: The term “youth purpose” refers to goals that are either personally meaningful (self-oriented aims/SO) or benefit someone or something beyond […]

New study shows how mentors support the parent-adolescent relationship

Billingsley, J. T., Rivens, A. J., Charity-Parker, B. M., Chang, S. H., Garrett, S. L., Li, T., & Hurd, M. (2021). Familial Mentor Support and Black Youths’ Connectedness to Parents Across Adolescence. Youth & Society, 0044118X211058215.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X211058215 Summarized by Ariel Ervin   Notes of Interest: Many Black adolescents undergo various developmental changes while experiencing risk factors commonly […]

Mentees and their mothers: New study explores relationship difficulties and targeted mentoring

Williamson, S., Lyons, M. D., Deutsch, N. L., & Lawrence, E. (2021). Mentees and their mothers: The association between maternal relationship difficulties and targeted outcomes of mentoring. Journal of Community Psychology, 49(6), 2162–2178.  https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22540 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Although maternal relationship characteristics can affect academic and behavior outcomes in youth, there is still uncertainty […]

Protecting Adolescents from Emotional Maladjustment during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Adolescents’ Coping and Parents’ Reactions to Adolescents’ Negative Emotions

By Zeyi Shi & Qian Wang, Society for Research on Adolescence Shi, Z. and Wang, Q. (2021) Chinese Adolescents’ Coping with COVID-19: Relationships with Emotional Maladjustment and Parental Reactions to Negative Emotions. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 31 (3), 645-656. During the COVID-19 pandemic, adolescents may encounter various stressful events (e.g., compulsory quarantine, changes in modes of […]

How valuable is the parent-child relationship in protecting adolescents from the mental health impact of COVID-19?

By Julie J. Janssens, Society for Research on Adolescence   Janssens, J. J., Achterhof, R., Lafit, G., Bamps, E., Hagemann, N., Hiekkaranta, A. P., Hermans, K. S. F. M., Lecei, A., Myin-Germeys, I., & Kirtley, O. J. (2021). The Impact of COVID-19 on Adolescents’ Daily Lives: The Role of Parent–Child Relationship Quality. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 31(3), […]

How does visitation impact child-parent relationship quality and psychological outcomes of youths with incarcerated parents?

Kremer, K. P., Christensen, K. M., Stump, K. N., Stelter, R. L., Kupersmidt, J. B., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). The role of visitation and parent-child relationship quality in promoting positive outcomes for children of incarcerated parents. Child & Family Social Work. Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Over five million youths have had an incarcerated […]

High-quality relationships with parents can protect high-risk adolescent girls from depressive symptoms

By Karen D. Rudolph and Christy Buchanan, Society for Research on Adolescence Time spent with peers increases during adolescence compared to childhood, and adolescents are believed to become more susceptible to peer influences and more vulnerable to the stressful peer experience of social exclusion.  As characterized in the movie “Mean Girls,” adolescent girls especially have […]

Want your Kid (or Mentee) to Learn. Something New? Sign Yourself Up, Too

How taking on unfamiliar challenges alongside my daughter benefits us both. By Tom Vanderbilt, The New York Times  One of the roles that new parents soon find themselves in — even as they are still learning how to be a parent — is that of teacher. Suddenly, in the eyes of a child, you’re a […]

How to talk to children about difficult news

By the American Psychological Association Assisted by Robin Gurwitch, Ph.D.  Children’s lives are touched by trauma on a regular basis, no matter how much parents or teachers try to keep the “bad things” away. Instead of shielding children from the dangers, violence or tragedies around us, adults should talk to kids about what is happening. […]