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New study explores how COVID-19 affected mentors and mentees

Kaufman, M. R., Wright, K., Simon, J., Edwards, G., Thrul, J., & DuBois, D. L. (2021). Mentoring in the Time of COVID-19: An Analysis of Online Focus Groups with Mentors to Youth. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12543 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: The pandemic has had (and continues to have) a detrimental impact on […]

Can mentoring relationships serve as a protective factor for survivors of childhood sexual abuse?

Prowell, Ashley Nicole, and Javonda Williams. 2021. “Mentoring as a Protective Factor: Exploring Its Impact on Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors.” Children and Youth Services Review, 128(106169). Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is a prevalent issue that contributes to detrimental psychosocial outcomes. Although formal treatments (e.g. therapy) can help survivors of CSA […]

Mott Poll Report: How the pandemic has impacted teen mental health

By  C.S.Mott Children’s Hospital: National Poll on Children’s Health Restrictions put in place to contain COVID-19 may be particularly difficult for teens, who rely heavily on their peer and social connections for emotional support. In 2021, the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked a national sample of parents about the emotional […]

The “youth top problems” measure: Identifying and keeping track of youths’ needs

Weisz, J. R., Chorpita, B. F., Frye, A., Ng, M. Y., Lau, N., Bearman, S. K., Ugueto, A. M., Langer, A., Hoagwood, K. E., & The Research Network on Youth Mental Health. (2011). Youth top problems: Using idiographic, consumer-guided assessment to identify treatment needs and to track change during psychotherapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79(3), 369–380. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0023307 […]

Neighborhood risk and perceived interpersonal support predicts parents’ sense of community

Burcher, S. A., Weiler, L. M., Keyzers, A., & Cavell, T. A. (2021). Neighborhood Risk and Interpersonal Support as Predictors of Parents’ Sense of Community. Journal of Child and Family Studies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-021-01957-9 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Although parents’ sense of community (SOC) can positively impact their children’s (and family’s) well-being, neighborhood risk can […]

Understanding the Well-Being of LGBTQI+ Populations

By Charlotte Patterson, Youth-NEX Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine & the UVA Department of Psychology In the fall of 2020, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a landmark report on the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer, intersex(e.g., persons with differences of sexual development), and other sexual and […]

Sound it Out’s Caregiver Guide (Part 4): Read Between the Lines

    By Sound it Out 1. Be mindful of moods You may start a conversation when your kid doesn’t want to talk, or isn’t able to engage. If that happens, it’s okay to let the conversation go. Your kid may not be ready to talk at that moment, but it doesn’t mean they won’t want […]

Sound it Out’s Caregiver Guide (Part 3): Tune In

By Sound it Out 1. Know when to comfort It’s never easy to watch a loved one go through hardships, much less one’s own kid. It may be tempting to want to jump right into neutralizing their emotions, but trying to get reasonable responses out of a kid while they’re feeling overwhelmed is rarely ever […]

Sound it Out’s Caregiver Guide (Part 2): Press Pause

By Sound it Out 1. Look for a natural opening Everyday conversations with your kid can easily turn into conversations about their emotional wellbeing. Sometimes, you don’t even have to bring up emotional wellbeing directly. For example, if your kid shares something that’s happening with a friend or classmate, you can ask them how that […]

Sound it Out’s Caregiver Guide (Part 1): Understand

By Sound it Out 1. What do we mean by emotional wellbeing? We refer to emotional wellbeing as the full range of a kid’s emotions, behavior, ideas, and relationships. When you think about it, your emotional wellbeing is comparable to that of your physical wellbeing, where the healthy side of the spectrum means your body […]