Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences
Volume 9, No. 2, 2011
DOI: 10.36108/ijss/1102.90.0250

Influence of Mentor Power, Dyadic Trust and Length of Relationship on Mentoring Quality

D. E. Okurame and A. Y. Moses

Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria



Quality mentoring assures beneficial outcomes to all stakeholders in the relationship but scanty research in this area has stalled the development of models that facilitates this objective. The present study examines the influence of mentor power, dyadic trust and length of mentoring relationship on mentoring support quality. Data were collected through the questionnaire method from 257 bank employees who are proteges. Results showed that highest educational attainment (a = .27, p < .001) and marital status (a = -.17, p < .01) are significant demographic factors in mentoring quality. Simple multiple regression analysis revealed that mentor power (a = .12, P < .01), dyadic trust (a = .72, p < .001) and length of relationship (a = .14, p < .01) had significant positive relationships with mentoring support quality, jointly accounting for sixty percent (p < .001) of its variance. The only significant interaction effects was found between dyadic trust and length of relationship, F (1, 249) = 15.015, p < .001. It is recommended that management intervention should aim at sustaining relationships and altering negative perceptions of both mentor power and dyadic trust to foster quality mentoring. Future research should utilise concrete measures and examine if the variables of study relate differently for men and women.
Keywords: Mentor power, dyadic trust, mentoring, length of relationship, quality support


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