The Role of Interpersonal Comfort in Mentoring Relationships Article DOI:
Cite this article as: Allen, T.D., Day, R. & Lentz, E. J Career Dev (2005) 31: 155. doi:10.1007/s10871-004-2224-3 Abstract
This research examined interpersonal comfort as a potential mediating mechanism in mentoring relationships. Results indicated that interpersonal comfort mediated the relationship between gender similarity and protégé reports of career and psychosocial mentoring. Contrary to prediction, interpersonal comfort did not mediate relationships involving mentorship type (i.e., formal versus informal). However, we did find that informal mentoring and interpersonal comfort were positively associated with career mentoring. The research helps illustrate the important role that interpersonal comfort plays in the mentoring process.
Keywords mentoring protégés formal mentoring gender similarity interpersonal comfort References
Allen, T. D., Day, R., & Lentz, E. (2001, May). Formal mentoring programs: A review and survey of design features and recommendations. Paper presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Diego, CA.
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