New Mentoring Research

New research identifies five reasons mentoring relationships end

New research identifies five reasons mentoring relationships end

Spencer, R., Basualdo-Delmonico, A., Walsh, J. & Drew, A. (2017). Breaking up is hard to do: A qualitative interview study of how and why youth mentoring relationships end. Youth & Society, 49(4), 438-460. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X14535416 Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction: One of the goals of every mentoring organization is to foster long-lasting, meaningful relationships […]

Mentors can spot mental health troubles in mentees

Mentors can spot mental health troubles in mentees

Zimmerman, M. A. (2010). Natural mentors, mental health, and risk behaviors: A longitudinal analysis of African American adolescents transitioning into adulthood. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46(1-2), 36-48. doi: 10.1007/s10464-010-9325-x Summarized by Jessica Cunningham Background: As adolescents grow into adults, they are faced with a number of difficult transitions when becoming more independent. Transition periods […]

New research tests impact of mentoring on school dropouts

New research tests impact of mentoring on school dropouts

Candil, D. M., & Gaza, M. (2017). A pilot Study of the impact of the Peraj mentoring program on school dropout risk of Mexican children. Journal of Community Psychology, 45(3), 315-332.DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21849 Summarized by Jelle de Graaf   Background: School dropout is a serious issue in Mexico; it affects hundreds of thousands of children and […]

New mentoring research identifies key factors predicting early match termination

New mentoring research identifies key factors predicting early match termination

Kupersmidt, J. B., Stump, K. N., Stelter, R. L., & Rhodes, J. E. (2017). Predictors of premature match closure in mentoring relationships. American Journal of Community Psychology, 59, 25-35. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12124   Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Introduction: Mentoring has been shown to have a modest but impactful effect on at-risk youth in terms of […]

For teen mothers, nurses act as mentoring resource

For teen mothers, nurses act as mentoring resource

Schaffer, M. A., & Mbibi, N. (2014). Public health nurse mentorship of pregnant and parenting adolescents. Public Health Nursing, 31(5), 428-437. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/phn.12109 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham Background: Adolescent parents are more likely to experience challenges in parenting due to their lack of emotional maturity, social support, economic support, and lack of education on how to […]

“How’s your program doing?”:  A new questionnaire assesses mentors’ perceptions of program support

“How’s your program doing?”: A new questionnaire assesses mentors’ perceptions of program support

by Jean Rhodes Mentors sometimes struggle to connect with their mentees and programs play a vital role in supporting the match. In a recent study, we found that, when mentors feel a lack of support, they are more likely to terminate the relationships early (Burton, Rapsoa, and & Rhodes, 2017). Yet mentoring programs often struggle […]

Caring adult support associated with youth “sparks”

Caring adult support associated with youth “sparks”

Ben-Eliyahu, A., Rhodes, J. E., & Scales, P. (2014). The interest-driven pursuits of 15-year-olds: “Sparks” and their association with caring relationships and developmental outcomes. Applied Developmental Science, 18(2), 76-89.[PDF] Summarized by Adar Ben-Eliyahu Problem: Researchers have characterized a spark as a “passion for a self-identified interest, skill or capacity that metaphorically lights a fire in […]

New research takes an ecological perspective of mentor satisfaction

New research takes an ecological perspective of mentor satisfaction

Suffrin, R., Todd, N. & Sanchez, B. (2016). An ecological perspective of mentor satisfaction with their youth mentoring relationships. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(5), 553-568. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21785 Summarized by Justin Preston Introduction Previous mentoring research has shown that youth mentoring can serve as an important intervention for promoting positive youth outcomes across a variety of […]

New Research investigates impacts of vocational peer mentors on emerging adults with mental illness

New Research investigates impacts of vocational peer mentors on emerging adults with mental illness

Klodnick, V. V., Sabrella, K., Brenner, C. J., Krzos, I. M., Ellison, M. L., Kaiser, S. M., Davis, M. & Fagan, M. A. (2015). Perspectives of young emerging adults with serious mental health conditions on vocational peer mentors. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 23(4), 226-237. Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1063426614565052 Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: Emerging […]

New research explores impacts of inconsistent support on youth transitions

New research explores impacts of inconsistent support on youth transitions

Fitzpatrick, J. P. (2015). Supporting young people in transition: Findings from a research study in Scotland. Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 28(1), 31-36.   Summarized by Jessica Cunningham   Background: Children who are involved with social support services (i.e. the Department of Youth and Families in the United States) are vulnerable because they often […]