New Mentoring Research

New research shows the important role of natural mentors for delinquency in youth

New research shows the important role of natural mentors for delinquency in youth

Editor’s Note: This recent longitudinal study provides interesting insights into the specific relationship between mentoring and juvenile delinquency. Not only does this article show the positive effects mentoring relationships seem to have on delinquency, the authors also discuss certain characteristics of the mentoring relationship seem to matter the most.   Reference: Kelley, M. S., & Lee, […]

New research shows the link between mentoring, racial discrimination and coping efficacy

New research shows the link between mentoring, racial discrimination and coping efficacy

Notes of Interest: This new study is the first to examine the association between discrimination and coping efficacy and to look at how mentoring is linked to this association. By doing so, this study provides insight into, for example, potentially more effective ways to intervene and increase youth’s coping efficacy. Reference: Sánchez, B., Mroczkowski, A. […]

Leaving So Soon? Researchers Investigate Why Mentoring Matches End Early

Leaving So Soon? Researchers Investigate Why Mentoring Matches End Early

Mentoring relationship closures in Big Brothers Big Sisters community mentoring programs: Patterns and associated risk factors. DeWit, D., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S., Lipman, E., & Spencer, R. (2016). American Journal of Community Psychology, 0, 1-13. DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12023. Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction While previous research has demonstrated the overall positive benefits associated with […]

What Predicts Volunteers’ Commitment to Mentoring Relationships? You guessed it…

What Predicts Volunteers’ Commitment to Mentoring Relationships? You guessed it…

Madia, B.P., & Lutz, C.J. (2004). Perceived similarity, expectation-reality discrepancies, and mentors’ expressed intention to remain in Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 34 (3), 598-623. Mentor initiated premature terminations compromise mentoring programs’ goal of fostering quality relationships between youth and nonparental adults. Moreover, for youth from potentially vulnerable backgrounds, the premature […]

New research describes the critical nature of informal mentoring for Black graduate students

New research describes the critical nature of informal mentoring for Black graduate students

Notes of Interest: This article highlights the importance of informal mentoring for graduate students, to provide psychosocial support in addition to career preparation. In particular, the experiences of Black graduate students are discussed, given recent and seemingly ongoing national race-related events. Informal mentoring can be used as a way to foster a more inclusive training […]

New research discusses a potential alternative mentoring intervention for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

New research discusses a potential alternative mentoring intervention for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Notes of Interest: This article provides preliminary support for a way to increase social competence and decreasing isolation and maladaptive social behaviors in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The intervention being studied here addresses the current research on the importance of peer mentor involvement, and it seems to meet the unique needs of youth […]

New research investigates parents’ influence on success of mentoring relationship in academics

New research investigates parents’ influence on success of mentoring relationship in academics

Editor’s Note: The present study helps to further support the idea of the important role that parents play in the success of a formal mentoring relationship with regards to academic outcomes. As such, mentoring programs could potentially further boost their positive outcomes by connecting with and collaborating with parents during the mentoring process. Larose, S., […]

New research highlights differential effects of natural mentors on youth eating disorders

New research highlights differential effects of natural mentors on youth eating disorders

Editor’s Note: This study highlights the importance of both recognizing the benefits of a mentoring relationship for youth who are experiencing difficulties with their body self-image as well as the limits of a supportive mentoring relationship in youth diagnosed with eating disorders. By finding this balance between benefit and limits, programs can help support youth […]

New research identifies mentoring strategies for at-risk youth

New research identifies mentoring strategies for at-risk youth

Wesely, J. K., Dzoba, N. P., Miller, H. V., & Rasche, C. E. (2017). Mentoring at-risk youth: An examination of strain and mentor response strategies. American Journal of Criminal Justice, 42, 198-217. doi: 10.1007/s12103-016-9353-7 Summarized by Justin Preston Editor’s Note: This research touches on a crucial aspect of the mentoring relationship: the relational skills needed […]

Can grades, attendance, and life satisfaction change after just 8 sessions of school-based mentoring?: Yes!!

Can grades, attendance, and life satisfaction change after just 8 sessions of school-based mentoring?: Yes!!

McQuillin S. & Lyons, D. (2016). Brief instrumental school-based mentoring for middle school students: theory and impact.  Advances in School Mental Health Promotion,  9, 2, 73–89. (reprinted from Abstract) This study evaluated the efficacy of an intentionally brief school-based mentoring program. This academic goal-focused mentoring program was developed through a series of iterative randomized controlled […]