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Capitalizing on Advances in Science to Reduce the Health Consequences of Early Childhood Adversity

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http://albertamentors.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Jack-Shonkoff-paper-JAMA-August-2016.pdf

Abstract:
Advances in biology are providing deeper insights into how early experiences are built into the body with lasting effects on learning, behavior, and health. Numerous evaluations of interventions for young children facing adversity have demonstrated multiple, positive effects but they have been highly variable and difficult to sustain or scale. New research on plasticity and critical periods in development, increasing understanding of how gene-environment interaction affects variation in stress susceptibility and resilience, and the emerging availability of measures of toxic stress effects that are sensitive to intervention provide much-needed fuel for science-informed innovation in the early childhood arena. This growing knowledge base suggests 4 shifts in thinking about policy and practice: (1) early experiences affect lifelong health, not just learning; (2) healthy brain development requires protection from toxic stress, not just enrichment; (3) achieving breakthrough outcomes for young children facing adversity requires supporting the adults who care for them to transform their own lives; and (4) more effective interventions are needed in the prenatal period and first 3 years after birth for the most disadvantaged children and families. The time has come to leverage 21st-century science to catalyze the design, testing, and scaling of more powerful approaches for reducing lifelong disease by mitigating the effects of early adversity.

Keywords: Youth, Early Childhood, Education

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Research Article: Maskwacis Youth Perceptions of Strength and Resilience

Principal Investigator(s): Baydala, Lola  
Institution: University of Alberta  

Special Populations: Aboriginal Children/Youth

Keywords: Aboriginal, First Nations, youth, cultural identity, community, strength, resilience,

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New study suggests that disadvantaged youth gain the most from mentoring

Research Study: Thompson, R.B., Corsello, M., McReynolds, S., & Conklin-Powers, B. (2013). A longitudinal study of family socioeconomic status (SES) variables as predictors of socio-emotional resilience among mentored youth. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 21 (4), 378-391. DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2013.855864.

Ages: 13-18

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Mentors Serve as “Facilitators of Change” for Ex-Offenders

Research Study: Garcia, J. (2015). The Importance of the Mentor–Mentee Relationship in Women’s Desistance From Destructive Behaviors. International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, 0306624X14568257.

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New Research Identifies Relationship Quality as Key to Successful School-Based Mentoring

Research Study: Bayer, A., Grossman, J., & DuBois, D. L. (2015). Using volunteer mentors to improve the academic outcomes of underserved students: The role of relationships. Journal of Community Psychology.

Mentoring Areas of Core Focus: In School Mentoring

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New Research Identifies Relationship Quality as Key to Successful School-Based Mentoring

Research Study: Bayer, A., Grossman, J., & DuBois, D. L. (2015). Using volunteer mentors to improve the academic outcomes of underserved students: The role of relationships. Journal of Community Psychology.

Mentoring Areas of Core Focus: In School Mentoring

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Quality Mentoring Connections Are Linked to Improved Student Transition to College

Research Study: Lenz, S. (2014). Mediating effects of relationships with mentors on college adjustment. Journal of College Counseling.

Mentoring Areas of Core Focus: Informal

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Quality Mentoring Connections Are Linked to Improved Student Transition to College

Research Study: Lenz, S. (2014). Mediating effects of relationships with mentors on college adjustment. Journal of College Counseling.

Mentoring Areas of Core Focus: Informal

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Mentoring for Children of Incarcerated Parents – National Mentoring Resource Center Review

Research Article: Group Review Board
G. Roger Jarjoura, Ph.D.
(American Institutes for Research)
National Mentoring Resource Center
http://www.nationalmentoringresourcecenter.org/index.php/what-works-in-mentoring/model-and-population-reviews.html?id=121

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New study explores mentor relationship beginnings

Research Study: DeWitt, D. J., Lipman, E. L., Da Costa, J., Graham, K., Larose, S., Pepler, D., Coyle, J., DuBois, D., Manzano-Munguia, M, & Ferro, A. (2016). Predictors of early versus late match relationship beginnings in Big Brothers Big Sisters community programs. Children and Youth Services Review. doi:
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