Ms Hilary Dansey Dutton

BA, BA (Hons), MA (Auckland)


Hilary (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) discovered an interest in youth mentoring following her experience as a mentor in 2012. She subsequently completed two postgraduate research projects focused on both the theory and practice of youth mentoring, and is furthering her knowledge of and contribution to the field with her doctoral studies. Hilary also works as a research co-ordinator for a longitudinal project examining adult-youth partnerships that promote youth well-being.

Research | Current

2016 – 2019: PhD in Education

Thesis title: Opening up: Mentor self-disclosure in mentoring relationships with adolescents

Supervisors: Dr Kelsey Deane and Dr Pat Bullen

Hilary's PhD aims to provide an in-depth examination of mentor self-disclosure in adult-youth mentoring relationships, and ascertain what effect mentor self-disclosure has on mentoring relationship quality. Using a mixed-methods approach, data from mentors will be used to describe the prevalence, content, and intimacy of their self-disclosure, as well as exploring what mentor variables influence disclosure to their mentees. A theoretical model of the link between mentor self-disclosure and mentoring relationship quality will be developed and tested. Findings from this research will be used to provide a strong theoretical and empirical basis for mentoring training on the strategic use of mentor self-disclosure, promoting safe and effective practice.

Previous research has explored mentoring relationship quality; programme evaluation in a school-based mentoring programme; and protective factors for Māori and Pacific student success in tertiary education.

Teaching | Current

EDUC200: Youth Mentoring - Lecturer

EDUC352: Adolescence - Lecturer

YOUTHWRK 152G: Understanding New Zealand Youth - Tutor


2017 Member of Doctoral Academic Leadership Initiative (DALI)

2016 Recipient of University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship

2014 University of Auckland Scholar

2012 University of Auckland Summer Research Scholar

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Dutton, H., Bullen, P., & Deane, K. L. (2019). "It is OK to let them know you are human too": Mentor self-disclosure in formal youth mentoring relationships. Journal of community psychology, 47 (4), 943-963. 10.1002/jcop.22165
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pat Bullen, Kelsey Deane
  • Deane, K. L., Dutton, H., & Bullen, P. (2019). Theoretically integrative evaluation practice: A step-by-step overview of an eclectic evaluation design process. Evaluation10.1177/1356389019850201
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pat Bullen, Kelsey Deane
  • Dutton, H. (2018). Mentor self-disclosure in youth mentoring relationships: A review of the literature about adults disclosing to non-familial adolescents in intervention settings. Adolescent Research Review, 3 (1), 57-66. 10.1007/s40894-017-0065-0
  • Dutton, H., Bullen, P., & Deane, K. (2018). Getting to the heart of it: understanding mentoring relationship quality from the perspective of program supervisors. MENTORING & TUTORING, 26 (4), 400-419. 10.1080/13611267.2018.1530132
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pat Bullen, Kelsey Deane
  • Dutton, H., Deane, K. L., & Bullen, P. (2018). Distal and experiential perspectives of relationship quality from mentors, mentees, and program staff in a school-based youth mentoring program. Children and Youth Services Review, 85, 53-62. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.12.008
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kelsey Deane, Pat Bullen
  • Dutton, H. D., Mayeda, D. T., Keil, M., & ‘Ofamo‘oni I-F-H (2016). “We're all in it together”: Māori and Pacific student voices on ethnic-specific equity programmes in a New Zealand university. MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship, 5 (1), 3-16. 10.20507/MAIJournal.2016.5.1.1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Mayeda, Moeata Keil
  • McDonald, N., Dunphy, A., Tuiasau, F., Dutton, H., Bullen, P., Deane, K., ... Topham, H. (2016). Guide to effective and safe practice in youth mentoring, Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland, NZ: New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kelsey Deane, Pat Bullen
  • Dutton, H. D. (2015). Getting to the heart of it: Exploring relationship quality in a New Zealand youth mentoring programme The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.


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Level 4, Room 452
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