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GSE Colloquium Series: Noelle Hurd

Thursday, December 7, 2017
12:00pm
CERAS 101

Natural Mentoring Relationships among Marginalized Youth

Noelle Hurd, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

Noelle Hurd, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia

Using a resilience framework, Dr. Hurd's research to date has demonstrated the potential of natural mentoring relationships (i.e., naturally-occurring, supportive, intergenerational relationships between youth and nonparental adults) to influence positively the psychosocial outcomes of adolescents and emerging adults. This presentation will focus on current and future directions of her research. These directions are guided by the following primary research questions: 1) What are key moderating and mediating factors that determine the success of these relationships in promoting more positive developmental outcomes? 2) How do the broader contexts within which youth are situated influence the formation of natural mentoring relationships? and 3) How can we intervene to encourage the onset of natural mentoring relationships among youth who are lacking these supportive ties?