ERIC Number: EJ811814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
Mentoring, Boundaries, and Multiple Relationships: Opportunities and Challenges
Barnett, Jeffrey E.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v16 n1 p3-16 Feb 2008
Most students and early career professionals desire mentoring relationships. Mentors can provide numerous added benefits to their proteges beyond what they typically obtain from classroom and other formal training experiences. Yet, despite the many potential benefits of mentoring relationships, the very nature of successful mentoring relationships brings with it certain risks for participants. Issues of boundaries and multiple relationships must be understood and successfully navigated to help ensure that mentors' objectivity and judgment are not impaired and that proteges are not exploited or harmed. The concepts of boundaries, boundary crossings, boundary violations, and multiple relationships are explored in this article and applied in the context of mentoring relationships. Recommendations for successfully navigating the challenges they bring are made in the hope of helping to ensure productive and healthy mentoring relationships.
Descriptors: Mentors, Interpersonal Relationship, Risk, Interpersonal Competence, Justice, Personal Autonomy, Social Attitudes, Psychologists, Professional Development, Cognitive Structures, Standards, Intention, Individual Needs
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