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Annotated Bibliography: Developmental Relationships


Annotated Bibliography: Developmental Relationships

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This annotated bibliography was developed by Pathways to Education.


This annotated bibliography presents a plain language overview of several seminal studies on developmental relationships. We define developmental relationships as “either formal or informal relationships where an individual takes an active interest in and initiates actions to advance the development of another” (Rock & Garavan, p. 330).

The aim of this annotated bibliography is not to offer an exhaustive and comprehensive collection of all relevant studies. Instead, we present a modest introduction, designed for those seeking an overview of this complex topic, a refresher, or a resource upon which to build more detailed and nuanced knowledge.

This document was developed for professionals who contribute to the wellbeing and development of youth. This includes those who work directly with youth, such as mentors, educators, child and youth workers, social workers, and front-line staff in school-based and out-of-school youth programs. This resource will also be of interest to those who work indirectly with or for youth: youth mentoring program managers, school administrators, or youth researchers.

This annotated bibliography emerged from our own internal research on developmental relationships, conducted in the context of program measurement, improvement, and impact assessment efforts. It has helped Pathways to Education Canada better understand this complex field and translate our knowledge into effective programming for youth furthest from opportunities. We share it here in the hopes that it will have similar impact in other youth-serving programs.

Pathways to Education. (2018). Annotated Bibliography: Developmental Relationships. Toronto, ON: Author.

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