Journal of Career Development

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 155–169

The Role of Interpersonal Comfort in Mentoring Relationships


DOI: 10.1007/s10871-004-2224-3

Cite this article as:
Allen, T.D., Day, R. & Lentz, E. J Career Dev (2005) 31: 155. doi:10.1007/s10871-004-2224-3


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.


mentoring protégés formal mentoring gender similarity interpersonal comfort 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.The University of South FloridaUSA

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