Tony and Caiden pose in Big Buddy Little Buddy tshirtsSearch Institute’s newest research-to-practice initiative will focus on studying and strengthening the developmental relationships that help young people succeed. A developmental relationship helps young people attain the psychological and social skills that are essential for success in education and in life. Young people can form these relationships with their parents and family members, with their friends and peers, with staff members in their schools and programs, and with caring adults in their neighborhoods and communities.”

  1. Young people who experience strong development relationships are more likely to report a wide range of social-emotional strengths and other indicators of well-being and thriving.
  2. Young people with strong relationships are more resilient in the face of stress and trauma.
  3. Young people do better then they experience a strong web of relationships with many people

This study also highlights 55 ideas for deepening one-to-one relationships. Download the study here!