Title

An Evaluation of Factors Leading to Mentor Satisfaction with the Mentoring Relationship

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2012

Department

Psychology

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

Children and Youth Services Review

DOI

10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.01.025