Research Publications

The European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring strives to create a database with research on the topic of mentoring. Thus, we collaborate with researchers from Europe, who focus their work on mentoring and its impact. On this page you can find various papers, from mainly Euopean researchers.

Can Mentoring Alleviate Family Disadvantage in Adolescence? A Field Experiment to Improve Labor-Market Prospects

By Resnjanskij, S., Ruhose, J., Wiederhold, S., & Woessmann, L.

The labor-market prospects of German adolescents from highly disadvantaged backgrounds improve substantially when these students are given mentoring. This is the conclusion of a new ifo study, which was presented in Munich on Wednesday. For these adolescents, the projected income effects exceed the costs of the mentoring program many times over, says Ludger Wmann, Director of the ifo Center for the Economics of Education.

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What Good Will It Do? An SROI analysis of the Balu und Du mentoring programme

The Balu and Du program is a widespread youth mentoring programme aimed at children from poor and challenged background in German speaking areas. It was created by Prof. Dr. Hildegard Mller-Kohlenberg and inspired by Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book". Like in the story, mentors (Baloos) in this programme use personal attention, care, and active recreational activities to help the children (Mowglis) gather new experiences and learn how to handle everyday challenges.

"The study puts forward that yes, the value can be determined! Of course, this does not mean that social programs should now be assessed in terms of their monetary value alone. But the monetary value should be recognized. And it should be made transparent, particularly when it comes to taxpayer money used to finance such programs. The same goes for the individual effectiveness of a program the Balu und Du program is also a good model for its scientific review and analysis."

Read the SROI analysis in German or English

The following research has been collected with the help of Agathe Dirani.

Ardoino, J. (2000). De laccompagnement en tant que paradigme. Pratiques de formation-analyse, (40), 5‐19.

Baugh, null, Lankau, null, & Scandura, null. (1996). An Investigation of the Effects of Protege Gender on Responses to Mentoring. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 49(3), 309‐323.

Bernatchez, P.-A., Cartier, S. C., Blisle, M., & Blanger, C. (2010). Le mentorat en dbut de carrire: retombes sur la charge professorale et conditions de mise en uvre dun programme en milieu universitaire. Revue internationale de pdagogie de lenseignement suprieur, 26(26‐1). Consult ladresse

Bournot-Trites, M., Lee, E., & Sror, J. (2003). Tutorat par les pairs en lecture: Une collaboration parents-cole en milieu dimmersion franaise. Revue des sciences de lducation, 29(1), 195210.

Brunet, G. (n. d.). Les solidarits intergnrationnelles lpreuve des ruptures. La famille et les orphelins au XIXme sicle.

Crisp, G. (2010). The Impact of Mentoring on the Success of Community College Students. Review of Higher Education, 34(1), 39‐60.

Crisp, G., & Cruz, I. (2009). Mentoring College Students: A Critical Review of the Literature between 1990 and 2007. Research in Higher Education, 50(6), 525‐545.

DeWit, D. J., DuBois, D., Erdem, G., Larose, S., Lipman, E. L., & Spencer, R. (2016a). Mentoring Relationship Closures in Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Mentoring Programs: Patterns and Associated Risk Factors. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57(1‐2), 60‐72.

Duchesne, C. (2010). Ltablissement dune relation mentorale de qualit : qui la responsabilit? McGill Journal of Education / Revue des sciences de lducation de McGill, 45(2), 239‐253.

Erickson, L. D., McDonald, S., & Elder, G. H. (2009). Informal Mentors and Education: Complementary or Compensatory Resources? Sociology of Education, 82(4), 344‐367.

Fruiht, V., & Chan, T. (2018). Naturally Occurring Mentorship in a National Sample of First-Generation College Goers: A Promising Portal for Academic and Developmental Success. American Journal of Community Psychology, 61(3‐4), 386‐397.

Luna, V., & Prieto, L. (2009). Mentoring Affirmations and Interventions: A Bridge to Graduate School for Latina/o Students. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 8(2), 213‐224.

Miranda-Chan, T., Fruiht, V., Dubon, V., & Wray-Lake, L. (2016). The Functions and Longitudinal Outcomes of Adolescents Naturally Occurring Mentorships. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57(1‐2), 47‐59.

Nora, A., & Crisp, G. (2007). Mentoring Students: Conceptualizing and Validating the Multi-Dimensions of a Support System. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 9(3), 337‐356.

Ragins, B. R., Cotton, J. L., & Miller, J. S. (2000). Marginal Mentoring: The Effects Of Type Of Mentor, Quality Of Relationship, And Program Design On Work And Career Attitudes. Academy of Management Journal, 43(6), 1177‐1194.

Ragins, B. R., Cotton, J. L., & Miller, Rhodes, J. E., & DuBois, D. L. (2008). Mentoring Relationships and Programs for Youth. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17(4), 254‐258.

Salinitri, G. (2005). The Effects of Formal Mentoring on the Retention Rates for First-Year, Low Achieving Students. Canadian Journal of Education / Revue canadienne de lducation, 28(4), 853.

Spencer, R. (2007). Its not what I expected : A qualitative study of youth mentoring relationship failures. Journal of Adolescent Research, 22(4), 331‐354. Unger, R. K. (1989). Representations: Social Constructions of Gender. NY: Baywood.

Woods, C. S., & Preciado, M. (2016). StudentMentor Relationships and Students College Attitudes. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), 21(2), 90‐103.

Yusta-Loyo, J. M., Cepero-Ascaso, M. D., Prieto-Martn, J., Abada-Valle, A. R., & Bueno-Garca, C. (2015). Peer Mentoring at the University Level: The Importance of Organization. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 196, 233‐236.

The following publications have been collected with the help of Bernardine Brady

To find more of her recent publications you can click here.

McGregor, Caroline, Lynch, Mary, & Brady, Bernadine. (2017). Youth mentoring as a form of support for children and young people at risk: Insights from research and practice. In Pat Dolan & Nick Frost (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Global Child Welfare: Routledge.

Brady, B., Dolan, P. and Canavan, J. (2014) 'What Added Value does Peer Support Bring? Insights from Principles and Teachers on the Utility and Challenges of a School Based Mentoring Programme'. Pastoral Care In Education, 32 ((4)):241-250. 

 Brady, B., Dolan, P., and Canavan, J. (2017) He told me to calm down and all that: a qualitative study of forms of social support in youth mentoring relationships. Child & Family Social Work, 22: 266274. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12235.

Brady, B., Dolan, P. (2007) 'Youth Mentoring in Ireland: Weighing up the Benefits and Challenges'. Youth Studies Ireland, 2 (1).

Brady, B., Dolan, P. (2009) 'Youth Mentoring as a Tool for Community and Civic Engagement: Reflections on Findings of an Irish Research Study'. Community Development, 40 (4):359-366.

Dolan, P., Canavan, J. Brady, B. (2008) Youth mentoring and the parent-young person relationship: considerations for research and practice. Youth & Policy, No. 99, Spring 2008.

Dolan, P., Brady, B., O Regan, C., Canavan, J., Russell, D. & Forkan, C. (2011) Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Ireland: Evaluation Study. Report 3: Summary Report. UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre on behalf of Forige, .

Hamilton, S.F, Hamilton, M.A., DuBois, D.L, Martnez, M.L, Cumsille, P., Brady, B., Dolan, P., Nez Rodriguez, S. Sellers, D.E (2016) 'Youth-Adult Relationships as Assets for Youth: Promoting Positive Development in Stressful Times' In: Petersen, A., Koller, S. H., Verma, S., & Motti, F(Eds.). Positive youth development in global contexts of social and economic change. New York : Taylor & Francis.

Murphy, Kayleigh, & Brady, Bernadine. (2018). Big Brother Big Sister and Garda youth diversion projects: perspectives on youth mentoring as a preventative intervention: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway.

Silke, C., Brady, B., & Dolan, P. (2019) Relational dynamics in youth mentoring: A mixed-methods study. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.

Brady, Bernadine , Canavan, John, Cassidy, Anne , Garrity, Sheila, & ORegan, Connie (2012). Big Brothers Big Sisters: Mobilising peer support in schools: An evaluation of the BBBS school based mentoring programme. Galway: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway.

The following publications have been collected with the help of Peter de Kuiper.

Migrant mentoring to work: defining an old-but- innovative instrument: International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring 2019, Vol. 17(2), pp.108-121.

The following publications have been collected with the help of Tina Braun.

Benzeval, M. (1998). The self-reported health status of lone parents. Social Science & Medicine, 46(10), 13371353.

Kosse, F., Deckers, T., Pinger, P., Schildberg-Hoerisch, H., & Falk, A. (2019). The Formation of Prosociality: Causal Evidence on the Role of Social Environment. Journal of Political Economy.

The following publications have been collected with the help of Judie Gannon

Gannon, J.M. (2019) Mobility and Mentoring: Supporting Socialization in International Service Firms, International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching & Mentoring, Vol. 18, No. 1 available from end of January

Gannon, J.M. & Washington, R. (2019) Many Things to Many People: Formal Mentoring Schemes and their Management, published by Oxford Brookes University available at

Eissner, S. & Gannon, J. M. (2018) Experiences of Mentoring in the UK Hospitality Sector, Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism,

Salter, T. & Gannon, J.M. (2015) "Exploring shared and distinctive aspects of coaching and mentoring approaches through six disciplines", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 39, No. 5, pp.373 392

Gannon, J. and Maher, A. (2012) 'Developing Tomorrow's Talent: through an Undergraduate Mentoring Programme', Education and Training, January, ISSN 0040-0912.

US and world-wide mentoring publications

For an overview of US research on mentoring, please check the website of the UMB/MENTOR Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring and the website of prof. dr. Jean Rhodes'lab.

You can also keep posted on mentoring research and practice by subscribing to the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring.