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Two people having a conversation. Mentors, mentees. Self-disclosure.

New research looks at mentor self-disclosure in mentoring pairs

Dutton, H., Bullen, P., & Deane, K. (2019). “It is OK to let them know you are human too”: Mentor self-disclosure in formal youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Community Psychology, 47(4), 943-963. Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: Self-disclosure is an important way for mentors and mentees to build closeness, but there isn’t a wealth […]

PIM follow up: Bernadine Brady takes us through her new book “Mentoring for Young People in Care and Leaving Care: Theory, Policy and Practice”

Today we’re bringing you a follow up from an earlier interview with Dr. Bernadine Brady, co-author of the new book “Mentoring for Young People in Care and Leaving Care: Theory, Policy and Practice”. Having had the chance to ask her about her career more generally, we also wanted to dive into her recently released work […]

Kids on smartphones. Researchers are curious whether kids are aware of their rights in research done through technology.

The rights of adolescents as research participants in a digital age

By Diana J. Meter, Utah State University for SRA Ecological momentary assessment (EMA) is a term used to describe the collection of data in real time while subjects remain in their natural environments. Many adolescence researchers are familiar with contemporary beginnings in social science research, such as when Reed Larson and Claudia Lampman-Petraitis signaled adolescents to record […]

When mentors and mentees communicate, what role does self-disclosure have?

Dutton, K.L. Deane, P. Bullen, Opening up: An exploration of youth mentor self- disclosure using laboratory-based direct observation, Children and Youth Services Review (2019), doi: https:// doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104654 Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: These authors sought to understand how communication, a crucial element of building strong relationships, occurred in a mentoring context. Specifically, they […]

How can researchers study developmental constructs over time when age-appropriate measures change as their sample ages?

By Sarah Beal, Society for Research on Adolescence Studying change in depressive symptoms in youth over time poses specific challenges for researchers related to both change in symptom manifestation and change in age-validated measurement. Assessing change in mental health, such as depressive symptoms, across development is particularly challenging for two related reasons. First, the symptoms […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Johanna Greeson on Natural Mentoring and Foster Care

Below is a profile of Professor Johanna Greeson. Johanna’s excellent new book will be out next month!  by Kate Powers Introduction: Johanna Greeson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Greeson received her MSW from Bryn Mawr College in 1999, and then returned to […]

Methods Corner: What is an effect size?

by Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Ph.D. Most studies focus on “statistical significance,” or the probability that certain findings are reflected in the data. To test this, researchers actually propose a “null hypothesis,”  (e.g., mentoring has no effect on self-esteem). If the data show that the null hypothesis has less than a 5% chance of being right, we […]

Breaking up is hard to do: How and why formal mentoring relationships end

Spencer, R., Basualdo-Delmonico, A., Walsh, J. & Drew, A. (2017). Breaking up is hard to do: A qualitative interview study of how and why youth mentoring relationships end. Youth & Society, 49(4), 438-460. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X14535416 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction: One of the goals of every mentoring organization is to foster long-lasting, meaningful relationships […]

How mentors can help maltreated children with coping strategies

Chesmore, A. A., Weiler, L. M., & Taussig, H. N. (2017). Mentoring relationship quality and maltreated children’s coping. American journal of community psychology, 60(1-2), 229-241. Summarized by Karina DeAndrade Notes of Interest: The purpose of this study was understand if mentoring could help children who had been maltreated with their coping strategies. Specifically, 154 children who […]