A Working Model of Mentors’ Contributions to Youth Mentoring Relationship Quality: Insights From Research on Psychotherapy

  • Renée Spencer Boston University

Abstract

Mentoring is a flexible approach to youth development that can promote positive outcomes through informal learning. Not all mentoring relationships are beneficial, however, as lower quality mentoring relationships tend to have little effect. A mentor’s overall approach to the relationship has been found to influence relationship quality. But what does it take to engage a young person in such a relationship and sustain it over time? In this paper, I draw from the research on psychotherapy and other related literatures to briefly sketch out a working model for the determinants of mentoring relationship quality and then focus in detail on one of these—the contributions of the mentor.

Published
2012-05-02
How to Cite
SPENCER, Renée. A Working Model of Mentors’ Contributions to Youth Mentoring Relationship Quality: Insights From Research on Psychotherapy. LEARNing Landscapes, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 295-312, may 2012. ISSN 1913-5688. Available at: <http://www.learninglandscapes.ca/index.php/learnland/article/view/A-Working-Model-of-Mentors%E2%80%99-Contributions-to-Youth-Mentoring-Relationship-Quality-Insights-From-Research-on-Psychotherapy>. Date accessed: 22 apr. 2018.