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How mentors can help youth flourish: Implications from positive psychology

How mentors can help youth flourish: Implications from positive psychology

Leach, C. J., Green, L. S., & Grant, A. M. (2014). Flourishing Youth Provision: The Potential Role of Positive Psychology and Coaching in Enhancing Youth Services. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 9(1). 44-58. Summary Great Britain and Australia have well-developed strategies for what is called youth work in these contexts – or […]

Study suggests that teens prefer adult mentors to peer mentors

Study suggests that teens prefer adult mentors to peer mentors

Editor’s Note: What do teens want? Below, Laura Yoviene summarizes a recent study that solicited teens’ own views on efforts aimed at promoting their emotional well-being. Kendal, S., Keeley, P., & Callery, P. (2011). Young people’s preferences for emotional well-being support in high school – a focus group study. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric […]

How close relationships can help teens manage rejection

How close relationships can help teens manage rejection

McDonald, 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 student. In adolescence, young people must learn to contend with increasingly complex social worlds and […]

Empathy – A Critical Ingredient in Youth Mentoring Relationships?
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Empathy – A Critical Ingredient in Youth Mentoring Relationships?

by Renee Spencer Working on a poster my colleagues and I presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence in Austin, Texas, this past spring gave me a great excuse to look at the recent psychotherapy literature on empathy. As a clinical social worker, the psychotherapy literature is like a dear old friend to me. […]

To disclose or not to disclose?

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 […]

Research Corner: Can I help you?

Research Corner: Can I help you?

by Renee Spencer Eli Finkell and Gráinne Fitzsimmons, two researchers who study interpersonal relationships, ran an Op-Ed called “When Helping Hurts” in this past Sunday’s New York Times. While they focused on helicopter parents — the ones who hover and have to be told that it is time to leave when dropping their children off at college […]

Developing Emotional Literacy: Transition Planning for Youth at Risk

Developing Emotional Literacy: Transition Planning for Youth at Risk

Fleischer, L. (2010). Developing emotional literacy: Transition planning for youth at risk. Reclaiming Children & Youth, 19 (1), 50-53. Summarized by UMass Boston doctoral student Laura Yovienne. Problem: Transitioning from high school to the “real world” can be a daunting and very anxiety-provoking task. Typical transition classes and planning tend to focus on learning the […]

The effects of parent, teacher, and peer support on school engagement

The effects of parent, teacher, and peer support on school engagement

Column Editor Renee Spencer’s Note: Recent scholarship is drawing attention to the link between mentoring and the long-standing and rich literature on social support. For example, Sterrett and colleagues (2011) argue that social support theory can offer a guiding framework for continued research on supportive non-parental adults and the role they play in promoting positive […]

Application of Child-Centered Play Therapy Principles to School-Based Mentoring Relationships
By December 14, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Application of Child-Centered Play Therapy Principles to School-Based Mentoring Relationships

Although we typically focus on research in fields outside of but related to youth mentoring, this article brings principles from a related field – child-centered play therapy – and applied them to school-based mentoring. Frels, R.K. & Onwuegbuzie, A.J. (2012). Principles of play: A dialogical comparison of two case studies in school-based mentoring. International Journal […]