Beyond Mentoring: Alternative Sources and Functions of Developmental Support

Beyond Mentoring: Alternative Sources and Functions of Developmental Support Content analyses were used to explore alternative sources and functions of developmental support other than mentoring among nonfaculty university employees. The majority of participants reported that they had an alternative source of developmental support outside of a mentoring relationship, that the developmental functions (i.e., kinds of support) provided by these sources varied, and that there were differences in sources and functions by participant age and gender. The alternative source of support most frequently mentioned was coworkers. The results also suggested that alternative sources of support may provide many of the functions associated with traditional mentors, although the full range may not be represented. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Career Development Quarterly Wiley

Beyond Mentoring: Alternative Sources and Functions of Developmental Support

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
2003 National Career Development Association
ISSN
0889-4019
eISSN
2161-0045
DOI
10.1002/j.2161-0045.2003.tb00615.x
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Abstract

Content analyses were used to explore alternative sources and functions of developmental support other than mentoring among nonfaculty university employees. The majority of participants reported that they had an alternative source of developmental support outside of a mentoring relationship, that the developmental functions (i.e., kinds of support) provided by these sources varied, and that there were differences in sources and functions by participant age and gender. The alternative source of support most frequently mentioned was coworkers. The results also suggested that alternative sources of support may provide many of the functions associated with traditional mentors, although the full range may not be represented.

Journal

The Career Development QuarterlyWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2003

References

  • Developing effective mentoring relationships: Strategies from the mentor's viewpoint
    Allen, Allen; Poteet, Poteet
  • Formal and informal mentorships: A comparison on mentoring functions and contrast with nonmentored counterparts
    Chao, Chao; Walz, Walz; Gardner, Gardner
  • Constellations and careers: Toward understanding the effects of multiple developmental relationships
    Higgins, Higgins; Thomas, Thomas
  • Mentorship and career mobility: An empirical investigation
    Scandura, Scandura

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