Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department


Major Professor

Tammy Allen, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Judith Bryant, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Georgia Chao, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Eun Sook Kim, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Stephen Stark, Ph.D.


Factor Analysis, Measurement, Mentor, Protégé


The purpose of this research is to contribute to the mentoring literature by providing a new tool to measure mentoring behaviors and their effectiveness from the perspective of the protégé. To accomplish this, I used the specific mentoring behaviors outlined by previous research to develop a behaviorally based measure of mentorship. The items for this new behaviorally based mentoring effectiveness scale were developed to measure the same theoretical construct as previous mentoring scales, but with the intention of capturing effective behaviors instead of broader mentoring functions. This scale was developed through three main steps: a pilot study to narrow down behaviors to the most important behaviors for mentoring effectiveness, a second pilot study to refine items and determine the factor structure, and a final study which was used to replicate the factor structure as well as provide evidence of criterion-related validity with mentoring outcomes. The result of this work is the development of the Behavioral Effectiveness of Mentoring Scale, which is comprised of three factors: competency development, relationship building, and sponsorship. This scale and its factors are related to important subjective outcomes found in the mentoring literature and explain unique variance above and beyond traditional function-based mentoring scales.

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