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An evaluation of factors leading to mentor satisfaction with the mentoring relationship


  • Martin, Shannon M.
  • Sifers, Sarah K.


This study assessed factors related to mentor satisfaction. Eighty-one youth mentors were surveyed to evaluate the effect of training, agency support, and confidence on mentor satisfaction. Linear regressions showed that greater perceived training and confidence significantly predicted greater mentor satisfaction within the mentoring relationship, and agency support marginally supported this relationship. These findings show the need for agencies to provide initial training, ongoing support, and to ensure their mentors are confident in their abilities as a mentor to guarantee that their mentors are satisfied in their relationships, perhaps making them more likely to continue mentoring. Participant comments provide support for specific suggestions for mentoring programs.

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  • Martin, Shannon M. & Sifers, Sarah K., 2012. "An evaluation of factors leading to mentor satisfaction with the mentoring relationship," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 34(5), pages 940-945.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:34:y:2012:i:5:p:940-945
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.01.025

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    1. De Wit, David J. & Lipman, Ellen & Manzano-Munguia, Maria & Bisanz, Jeffrey & Graham, Kathryn & Offord, David R. & O'Neill, Elizabeth & Pepler, Deborah & Shaver, Karen, 2007. "Feasibility of a randomized controlled trial for evaluating the effectiveness of the Big Brothers Big Sisters community match program at the national level," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 29(3), pages 383-404, March.
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    1. Larsson, Madelene & Pettersson, Camilla & Eriksson, Charli & Skoog, Therése, 2016. "Initial motives and organizational context enabling female mentors' engagement in formal mentoring – A qualitative study from the mentors' perspective," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 71(C), pages 17-26.

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    Confidence; Mentoring; Satisfaction; Support; Training;


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