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ERIC Number: EJ1120908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
Development of a Quantitative Measure of the Mentorship Experience in College Students
Gullan, Rebecca Lakin; Bauer, Kathleen; Korfiatis, Pierre; DeOliveira, Jennifer; Blong, Kelsey; Docherty, Meagan
Journal of College Student Development, v57 n8 p1049-1055 Nov 2016
Although the importance of mentorship has been widely recognized, operationalizing and measuring critical components of the mentoring relationship has proved to be a greater challenge. This brief focused on the development of a quantitative measure of mentoring relationships during the college years. The study's findings provide initial evidence for a 24-item, four-component quantitative measure of the mentoring relationship. Specifically, identified were four distinct yet interrelated components that comprise college students' experience of mentorship by faculty and professional staff: (a) challenge, (b) authenticity, (c) commitment, and (d) community. Although findings from this study are promising, future research should focus on the following: (a) administering the 24-item measure to new and diverse samples of participants, with data used to conduct confirmatory factor analyses; (b) expanding the scope of the sample to include students attending larger institutions; (c) exploring differences based on age, gender, race/ethnicity, and other key demographic factors; and (d) examining the association between the mentorship experience and academic, behavioral, and social outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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