Keywords

mentoring relationships, mentor, protege, social exchange, negative mentoring experiences, dysfunctional mentoring, goal orientation, mentoring costs and benefits

Abstract

Mentoring relationships can have both costs and benefits for mentors and their proteges. The present research examined the degree to which mentors' perceived costs and benefits affect the functional and dysfunctional mentoring they provide to their proteges. Additionally, I investigated whether mentor-perceived costs and benefits were associated with the mentors' own goal orientation and the goal orientation of their proteges. Data were collected from 86 proteges and their current supervisory mentors. Consistent with expectations, when mentors reported greater costs of embarrassment associated with their relationship, the proteges reported receiving greater dysfunctional mentoring. Proteges who reported receiving greater functional mentoring tended to have mentors who perceived greater benefits of mentoring them. Both proteges and mentor goal orientations demonstrated significant correlations with mentor-perceived costs and benefits of their relationships. Implications for training and reinforcing functional mentoring will be discussed.

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Graduation Date

2008

Advisor

Smith-Jentsch, Kimberly

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Psychology

Degree Program

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0002404

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0002404

Language

English

Release Date

November 2011

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Restricted to the UCF community until November 2011; it will then be open access.

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