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Evaluation of the mentor-mentee relationship in an occupational therapy mentorship programme.
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PMID:  15181480     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Mentor group relationships in an occupational therapy university curriculum were investigated. In phase I, mentors (n = 23) and mentees (n = 124) were surveyed over a four year period. In phase II, 14 mentees from the same time period were surveyed after graduation. It was found that mentors and mentees surveyed agreed that their mentor group leader displayed more mentoring (i.e. ongoing partnership for guidance and support) than coaching (i.e. short-term relationship for providing feedback on areas requiring change) characteristics, and most agreed that, post-graduation, their mentor group leader had been a mentor to them. Mentees viewed their mentors predominantly as a role model or counsellor and emphasized knowledge, experience, guidance, and support as desirable attributes of a mentor. Contact with mentors for resources, support, or job-related purposes continued after graduation for more than half of mentees. Some mentees reported that peer mentoring had also occurred. Limitations of the study include the small sample size in Phase II and some aspects of survey design. Future areas of research identified include studying the development of the relationship over time (i.e. pre-, mid-way, and post-programme), comparing relationships between mentors and mentees who have similar versus dissimilar expectations for the programme, further examining peer mentoring or group relationships, and continuing post-graduation surveys with a larger sample size for increased reliability.
Tracy Milner; Ann Bossers
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational therapy international     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0966-7903     ISO Abbreviation:  Occup Ther Int     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-07     Completed Date:  2004-09-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9433361     Medline TA:  Occup Ther Int     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  96-111     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2004 Whurr Publishers Ltd.
Occupational Therapist, Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Interprofessional Relations*
Mentors / psychology*
Occupational Therapy / education*

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