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ERIC Number: EJ811798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
An Application of Attachment Theory: Mentoring Relationship Dynamics and Ethical Concerns
Gormley, Barbara
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v16 n1 p45-62 Feb 2008
In this theoretical paper, mentoring relationships are conceptualized as close relationships that occur along a spectrum from highly functional to highly dysfunctional, with most occurring in between. A complex set of factors describe the functioning level of mentoring relationships: (a) the attachment styles of the mentors and mentees; (b) interpersonal processes, including conflict management; (c) the quality of the relationship that results from combining the attachment styles of mentors and mentees; (d) mentoring outcomes; and (e) other contributors (e.g., gender or cultural differences, organizational climate). Healthy and unhealthy attachment styles among mentors and mentees and their contributions to mentoring processes and outcomes are presented. Ethical concerns and recommendations for practice, policy, and research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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