A typology of school-based mentoring relationship quality

2018 05 30

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Implications for recruiting and retaining volunteer mentors
Barbara J.McMorrisa, Jennifer L.Doty, Lindsey M.Weiler, Kara J.Beckman and DiegoGarcia-Huidobro

Abstract

A critical component of successful mentoring programs is the quality of relationships. In school-based settings, relationship quality measures tend to rely on single, unidimensional indicators reported by one informant. Using data from a school-based sample of both mentors and mentees enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (n = 244), we identified multidimensional profiles of mentoring relationships, factors associated with profiles, and associations between profiles and program-related mentor outcomes.

Highlights

  • Considering both mentor and mentee report of match relationship quality is crucial.
  • Understanding patterns of match quality informs training.
  • Strong match relationship quality relates to match length and commitment.

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