role of parents

How close relationships can help teens manage rejection

Screen Shot 2013-02-18 at 7.35.19 AMMcDonald, Bowker, Rubin, Laursen & Duchene (2010). Interactions between rejection sensitivity and supportive relationships in the prediction of adolescents’ internalizing difficulties. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 563-574.

Summarized by Stella Kanchewa, MA, University of Massachusetts at Boston Clinical Psychology … Read the rest

School-based mentoring associated with improved parent and teacher relationships

summarized by Laura Yoviene


Chan, C., Rhodes, J., Howard, W., Schwartz, S., Lowe, & S. Herrera, C. (2013). Pathways of influence in school-based mentoring: The mediating role of parent and teacher relationships. Journal of School Psychology, 51, 129-142.


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Respect for adults versus peers: Implications for working with at-risk youth

Clemans, K.H., Graber J. A., & Bettencourt, A. (2012). Adult-Directed and Peer-Directed Respect for Authority: Relationships With Aggressive and Manipulative Behavior. Journal of Research on Adolescents, 480-486.

This study aimed to investigate the association between manipulative and aggressive behaviors … Read the rest

Attachment relationships and adolescents’ life satisfaction: Some relationships matter more to girls than boys

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 7.48.26 AMMa, C., & Huebner, E.S. (2008). Attachment relationships and adolescents’ life satisfaction: Some relationships matter more to girls than boys. Psychology in the Schools, 45 (2), 177-190.

Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Laura Yoviene


Having a secure relationship … Read the rest

Celebrating Fatherhood and Encouraging Mentorship with “My Brother’s Keeper”

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 8.47.15 AMEd. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Justice blog. See the original post here.

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I would not be where I am today without the love, guidance, and support of my father. He taught me … Read the rest

FORUM: How does your program prepare youth for the mentoring experience?

yb_studentsMentoring programs always place a premium on the training of mentors. After all, these are the individuals who deliver the essence of the program: a caring, meaningful relationship.

But that relationship involves two people and it seems that properly preparing … Read the rest