Longitudinal Examination of Mentoring Relationships on Organizational Commitment and Citizenship Behavior

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Community and Global Health (CGU)

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Industrial and Organizational Psychology


A study examined the influence of mentoring relationships on organizational commitment and citizenship behavior among ethnically diverse, nonprofessional proteges. Data were obtained from a subset of 157 Project WORKWELL participants who reported the same informal mentoring relationships in two waves of data collected six months apart. Results demonstrated that diverse, nonprofessional proteges in high quality mentoring relationships had a stronger organizational commitment and performed much better at work than their counterparts in moderate or low quality mentoring relationships. However, coworker reports of organizational citizenship did not correlate to the quality of proteges' mentoring relationships. The strengths, limitations, and implications of the study are discussed.

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