Youth-Adult Partnerships Research


Research participants needed

Adult role models and young people are needed for research on adult-youth relationships. Earn $50 in movie and The Warehouse vouchers by participating!

Researchers from the University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work are currently recruiting adult-youth pairs to participate in research investigating mentoring relationships. The aim of this research is to identify the important ingredients of successful adult-youth partnerships.

Participant eligibility

We are looking for adult-youth pairs who are part of a mentoring relationship. This may include:

  • Natural/informal mentoring relationships between a non-parental adult and young person, where the adult provides support and role modelling to the young person (e.g., aunty/uncle and niece/nephew; older sibling/cousin with younger sibling/cousin; coach and student, neighbours, family friends).
  • Formal mentoring relationships where youth workers or mentors are working with young people as part of a formal programme or service.

Pairs must have known each other for at least three months. “Adults” must be 19 years or over. “Youth” need to be 12-18 years of age to participate.

What the research involves

The research involves two parts:

  • Mentor-mentee pairs will be asked to visit the University of Auckland City Campus to be observed taking part in several fun activities together. This takes approximately 1.5-2 hours and can be done during the day, evening, or on weekends. A parking voucher will be provided if needed.
  • Questionnaires to be completed at the first session, then at follow-up points after 6 months and 1 year.

Koha/reimbursement will be provided to all participants for their time and effort.

  • Two Event Cinema tickets will be provided to each adult and young person for the first session (total value $30 for each participant).
  • A $10 The Warehouse voucher will be provided for each follow-up session (total value $20 for each participant).

If you are interested in participating in this research, please contact our Research Coordinator, Hilary Dutton, via Facebook message, email, or mobile. We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact details

Mobile: 027 405 7191


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Research team


This research has received funding from the University of Auckland Faculty Research Development Fund.

This research has been approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee on 2 December 2015 for three years (Reference 016137) and 4 May 2017 for 3 years (Reference 019064)