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Identifying key features of mentor self-disclosure in the context of youth mentoring

Dutton, H., Deane, K. L., & Bullen, P. (2020). Opening up: An exploration of youth mentor self-disclosure using laboratory-based direct observation. Children and Youth Services Review, 108, 104654. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104654 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Self-disclosure helps strengthen existing relationships as well as help create new ones Despite the importance of having close mentoring […]

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 […]

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 […]

Two new studies explore how teens decide when to disclose to parents

Editor’s note: Two new studies explore the topic teen disclosure to their parents. The implications for mentors are clear. Mentors need to consider the role of culture, autonomy, and the context that give rise to spontaneous disclosure  Yau, J. (2015). Adolescent nondisclosure in cultural context: Voices of Chinese American adolescents and parents. Journal of Adolescent […]

Getting Closer: The Art of Self-Disclosure

By Jeremy Dean, Ph.D. (excerpt) In explaining how people form strong relationships, psychologists – along with other social scientists – have long been interested in what personal information people reveal to each other.  Not just deep and meaningful Research on self-disclosure is enormous, addressing issues such as when people choose to self-disclose, for what reasons […]

Laughter can encourage self-disclosure and closeness with mentees

by Jeremy Dean Laughter encourages people to open up and this is the secret to how to make friends, a new study finds. People in the study were more likely to disclose something personal about themselves after laughing together, although they didn’t realise it. Self-disclosure is usually critical to how to make friends, as the study’s […]

FORUM: When (and how) should mentoring programs disclose mentors’ personal information?

A colleague of mine recently shared an inquiry they had received from a local program that was thinking through an issue that had bubbled up: Should they tell mentees (or mentees’ parents) that a mentor is gay? And if so, why and when? This was a school-based program serving primarily younger elementary-age students and to […]

To disclose or not to disclose?

Edited by Renée Spencer Editor’s Note: Much like therapists, mentors are often confronted with making decisions – often on the spot – about what kind of information to share with their mentees and when. Laura Yoviene’s summary of a recent review article on therapist self-disclosure offers some insights and food for thought for tackling the […]