The critical ingredient: Caring youth-staff relationships in after-school settings


  • Jean E. Rhodes

    1. Jean E. Rhodes is professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, focusing on adolescent development and resilience, and mentoring relationships.
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After-school settings are interpersonal in nature, and the quality of the relationships that are forged can directly influence youths' attendance decisions and the developmental benefits they derive. Programs should more effectively capitalize on this potential for caring adult-staff relationships.