The popularity of mentoring programsfor disadvantaged youth is on the rise, but little is known about the processes that underpin successful mentoring relationships. In- depth semistructured interviews were conducted with adolescent and adult pairs who had been in a continuous mentoring relationship for a minimum of 1 year. Using rela- tional theories as the guiding framework, this study examined four relational pro- cesses, which are detailed in this article: authenticity, empathy, collaboration, and companionship.
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