Author Archive: Laura Yoviene

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What is “attachment” and how does it relate to mentoring?

What is “attachment” and how does it relate to mentoring?

Introduction: The idea of attachment, an enduring emotional bond that connects one person to another across time and space (Ainsworth, 1973;Bowlby, 1969), has long been studied and related to various psychological outcomes. How do differences in attachment styles affect support-seeking and giving styles. Support-Seeking (Attachment behavior) Although, the attachment system is usually most apparent in infancy, […]

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 […]

Therapists’ personal lives affect their helping relationships: Implications for mentoring

Therapists’ personal lives affect their helping relationships: Implications for mentoring

summarized by UMB doctoral student in clinical psychology Laura Yoviene Nissen-Lie, H., Havik, O., Hoglend, P., Monsen, J., & Ronnestad, M. (2017). The contribution of the quality of therapists’ personal lives to the development of the working alliance. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60 (4), 483-495. Problem: Much research has pointed to the individual therapist as […]

The importance of attachment styles in both adolescents and professional caregivers

The importance of attachment styles in both adolescents and professional caregivers

Zegers, M., Schuengel, C., van IJzendoorn, M., & Janssens, J. (2006). Attachment  representations of institutionalized adolescents and their professional caregivers:  Predicting the development of therapeutic relationships. American Journal of  Orthopsychiatry, 76 (3), 325-334.  Introduction: The quality of a therapeutic relationship has long been emphasized as one of the most  important predictors of positive change. Much […]

Informal mentors increase help-seeking behavior in young male apprentices

Informal mentors increase help-seeking behavior in young male apprentices

  Corney, T., & du Plessis, K. (2016) Apprentices’ mentoring relationships: The role of ‘significant others’ and supportive relationships across the work-life domain. Youth Studies Australia, 29 (3), 18-26. Introduction: The workplace and vocational training setting can be a stressful environment for young men. Due to their own hesitancy to engage in help-seeking behavior, as […]

Natural mentors can buffer the effects of racial discrimination on African American youth
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Natural mentors can buffer the effects of racial discrimination on African American youth

Editor’s Note: Recent events and protests have sparked a national dialogue around race and the role of racial discrimination in the lives of young African Americans. This study suggests that both parents and mentors can play an important role in attenuating some of the negative effects and keeping young people focused on school.  Cooper, M. S., […]

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 […]