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Paper 21 - Mentoring relationships: an explanatory review

Working Paper 21


Mentoring relationships: an explanatory review


Pawson, Ray


This review of the mentoring literature does not claim to offer verdicts about what works or does not work (it is assumed that such decisions are made on other grounds). Rather, it seeks to illuminate and offer explanations, in this case about what makes an effective partnership between mentor and mentee. This issue is explored through a realist synthesis of 25 studies of mentoring to: re-integrate disaffected youth; provide peer support for young people on issues such as sexual behaviour and drug use; provide support and career development in the workplace; and sustain those with a disabling illness. Concludes by presenting the messages of the review in two different formats.


mentoring; relationships; young people; adults; employment; health education; illness; employment; peer support; self-help; systematic reviews; realist synthesis; theory based; ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice


ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice, Working Paper 21

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British Library Document Supply Centre: no 21 9349.227200 or by downloading the file below.

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