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Relationships Matter: The Five Elements of Developmental Relationships

A short video where Search Institute introduces the five elements of the developmental relationships framework.

Relationships Matter: The Five Elements of Developmental Relationships is a two-and-a-half-minute video that introduces the viewer to the five elements that decades of Search Institute research has determined are critical to strengthening and forming developmental relationships that young people need to grow and thrive.

The elements are introduced by kindergarteners from Woodson Kindergarten Center in Austin, Minnesota. They share the five elements of the developmental relationships framework and 20 actions that adults can take to create lasting developmental relationships:

  • Express Care
  • Challenge Growth
  • Provide Support
  • Share Power
  • Expand Possibilities

Pretty much everyone who works with kids and interacts with them knows that relationships matter, incredibly, for how they develop, for how they perform in school, for where they end up in the future. But that doesn’t mean you know how to build a relationship with a young person that you work with or that you just care about.

Dr. Kent Pekel

Former president and CEO of Search Institute

Watch the video.