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Formal Mentoring Relationships and Attachment Theory: Implications for Human Resource Development
Human Resource Development Review (2011)
  • Marie-Line Germain, Ph.D.
Abstract

An attachment theory perspective of mentoring is presented to explain the degree of functionality of a mentor—protégé formal match in an organizational setting. By focusing on Bowlby’s (1969/1982) behavioral system of attachment and its triarchic taxonomy of secure, avoidant, and anxious-ambivalent attachment, previous conceptualizations are expanded by illuminating relational concepts that mentors and supervisors could use to facilitate employee learning and development. A short attachment style assessment and a mentor—protégé(e) attachment style pairing guide are presented. A most-read article during January 2013 (in HRDR)

Keywords
  • Mentoring; Attachment Theory; Human Resource Development
Publication Date
June, 2011
Publisher Statement
Article ranked #14 in all HRDR articles read in December 2011 (based on full-text and PDF views). Also a most-read article during January 2013 (in HRDR).
Citation Information
Marie-Line Germain. "Formal Mentoring Relationships and Attachment Theory: Implications for Human Resource Development" Human Resource Development Review Vol. 10 Iss. 2 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mgermain/45/