Author Archive: Laura Yoviene

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An Interview with Dr. Michelle Munson

An Interview with Dr. Michelle Munson

LY: As an expert on youth aging out of the child welfare system, what have you found to be the most important factors in youth making a “successful” transition into adulthood? MM: So many things go into making a “successful” transition to adulthood. We know that for all young people it takes a lot of […]

★ A conversation with Renée Spencer

★ A conversation with Renée Spencer

Editors note: We are thrilled to feature Professor Renée Spencer (RS), whose work has significantly advanced our understanding of the dynamics of adult-youth relationships. In this conversation, UMass Boston clinical student, Laura Yoviene (LY) talks to Renée about her work and inspirations.  LY: As the nation’s leading qualitative researcher in mentoring, what do you see as the […]

What fuels mentor commitment?

What fuels mentor commitment?

Gettings, P.E., & Wilson, S.R.. (2014). Examining commitment and relational maintenance in formal youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 1-27. Introduction: This study utilizes a social exchange perspective in order to investigate mentors’ commitment and their specific relational maintenance behaviors in the context of formal youth mentoring relationships. Specifically, the study pulls […]

The importance of community context in natural mentoring

The importance of community context in natural mentoring

Schwartz, S. O., Chan, C., Rhodes, J., & Scales, P. (2013). Community developmental assets and positive youth development: The role of natural mentors. Research in Human Development. 10, 141-162.   Introduction:  Research on positive youth development has highlighted the importance of supportive community contexts (Youngblade & Theokas, 2010). In this study, Schwartz and colleagues explored how […]

The importance of teacher-child relationships during elementary school

The importance of teacher-child relationships during elementary school

Maldonado-Carreno, C., & Votruba-Drzal, E. (2011). Teacher-child relationships and the development of academic and behavioral skills during elementary school: A within- and between-child analysis. Child Development, 82(2), 601-616. Introduction:  Teacher-child relationship quality in the early school years has been linked to child well-being in a variety of domains: peer relationships, behavior problems, classroom adjustment, and […]

Developing self-regulated learning skills with school-based mentoring

Developing self-regulated learning skills with school-based mentoring

Nunez, J., Rosario, P., Vallejo, G., & Gonzalez-Pienda, J. A. (2013). A longitudinal assessment of the effectiveness of a school-based mentoring program in middle school. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 38, 11-21. Introduction: A growing number of studies have highlighted the need for middle school students to develop self-regulated learning (SRL) skills (i.e., OECD, 2010). Students who […]

Au Revoir: Considerations for ending mentoring relationships
By February 27, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

Au Revoir: Considerations for ending mentoring relationships

Editor’s note: We stumbled onto this thoughtful article and immediately saw the implications for mentoring. In fact, we were so impressed that we have invited the author, Karen Zilberstein, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. Adjunct Associate Professor at Smith College, to be an expert speaker at the inaugural Short Course @ UMB on mentoring foster care youth. Karen is the clinical director of the […]

Peer mentoring: An effective vehicle for promoting healthy behaviors
By November 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Peer mentoring: An effective vehicle for promoting healthy behaviors

Petosa, R.L., & Smith, L.H. (2014). Peer mentoring for health behavior change: A systematic review. American Journal of Health Education, 45, 351-357. Introduction: We know that quality youth mentoring programs have been shown to promote a myriad of positive outcome for youth.  However, little focus has been placed on the ability of youth mentoring programs […]

Meet positive youth development expert Reed Larson

Meet positive youth development expert Reed Larson

Editor’s note: Reed Larson’s seminal research on the lives of teenagers helped to launch the field of positive youth development, and his insights and findings continue to enrich the work of mentoring researchers. His work explores the contexts of daily life and how developmental processes unfold in extra-curricular activities. Reed is a professor in the Department of Human and Community […]

Young, empathetic, and interested: A profile for volunteer mentors

Young, empathetic, and interested: A profile for volunteer mentors

Randle, M., Miller, L., Ciarrochi, J. and Dolnicar, S. (2014). A psychological profile of potential youth mentor volunteers. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 338–351. Summarized by Melanie Feldman Introduction: There is ample support, anecdotal and evidence-based, for mentorship programs and the benefits they confer upon program mentees. However, little is known about the type of person […]