Protégé and mentor self-disclosure: Levels and outcomes within formal mentoring dyads in a corporate context

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Abstract

This study examined the role of self-disclosure within protégé/mentor dyads in formal mentoring partnerships within a corporate context as a means of learning more about specific relationship processes that may enhance the positive outcomes of mentoring. While both protégés and mentors self-disclosed in their relationships, protégés disclosed at a higher level than mentors. Protégé self-disclosure, but not mentor self-disclosure, was related to protégé outcomes including mentoring received, relationship satisfaction, and positive influence of mentoring. The study contributes to a mentoring literature that has become more interested in examining mentoring relationship micro-processes from both the protégé and mentor perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-412
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume70
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007

Keywords

  • Dyad
  • Formal mentoring
  • Mentor
  • Protégé
  • Self-disclosure

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