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ERIC Number: EJ957969
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Mentoring Relationships of Eldercare Staff in Australia: Influence on Service Motives, Sense of Community, and Caregiver Experiences
Sanchez, Bernadette; Ferrari, Joseph R.
Journal of Community Psychology, v33 n2 p245-252 Mar 2005
Employees (76 women, 15 men; mean age = 44.61 years old; SD = 10.84) of a nonprofit eldercare program completed measures of public service motives, community self-efficacy, sense of community with coworkers, and caregiver satisfaction and stress. Participants also identified whether they had a mentor in their life, someone with more experience who provided support and guidance to them. Employees with mentors (n = 47) compared to those without a mentor (n = 44) indicated (controlling for social desirability) (1) significantly stronger motives to help others as boosting self-esteem, understanding of social problems, and reflection of one's values; (2) significantly stronger beliefs in a common mission and a desire to be supportive of peers; and (3) less caregiver stress in helping older adults. Limitations and implications are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia