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Psychometric properties of the mentor role instrument when used in an academic medicine setting

Dilmore, TC and Rubio, DMG and Cohen, E and Seltzer, D and Switzer, GE and Bryce, C and Primack, B and Fine, MJ and Kapoor, WN (2010) Psychometric properties of the mentor role instrument when used in an academic medicine setting. Clinical and Translational Science, 3 (3). 104 - 108. ISSN 1752-8054

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The Ragins and McFarlin Mentor Role Instrument (RMMRI) was originally developed to measure perceptions of mentoring relationships in research and development organizations. The current study was designed to evaluate the RMMRI's reliability and validity when the instrument was administered to clinical and translational science trainees at an academic medical center. The 33-item RMMRI was administered prospectively to a cohort of 141 trainees at the University of Pittsburgh in 2007-2008. Likert-scale items focused on perceptions of five mentoring roles in the career dimension (sponsor, coach, protector, challenger, and promoter) and six mentoring roles in the psychosocial dimension (friend, social associate, parent, role model, counselor, and acceptor). Outcome items included overall perceptions of mentoring satisfaction and effectiveness. Of 141 trainees, 53% were male, 66% were white, 22% were Asian, and 59% were medical doctors. Mean age was 32 years. Analyses showed strong within-factor inter-item correlations (Pearson coefficients of 0.57-0.93); strong internal consistency (Cronbach alphas of 0.82-0.97); confirmatory factorial validity, as demonstrated by confirmatory factor analysis of the two mentoring dimensions, 11 mentoring roles, and 33 RMMRI items; and concurrent validity, as demonstrated by strong correlations (Pearson coefficients of 0.56-0.71) between mentoring dimensions, satisfaction, and effectiveness. This article concludes that the RMMRI shows reliability and validity in capturing the multidimensional nature of mentoring when administered to clinical and translational science trainees in the academic setting.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Dilmore, TC
Rubio, DMGdmr18@pitt.eduDMR18
Cohen, E
Seltzer, D
Switzer, GEgswitzer@pitt.eduGSWITZER
Bryce, Cbryce99@pitt.eduBRYCE990000-0001-6356-6675
Primack, Bbprimack@pitt.eduBPRIMACK
Fine, MJmjf1@pitt.eduMJF10000-0003-3470-9846
Kapoor, WNwnk1@pitt.eduWNK1
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health
Date: 1 June 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Clinical and Translational Science
Volume: 3
Number: 3
Page Range: 104 - 108
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/j.1752-8062.2010.00196.x
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
School of Medicine > Medicine
School of Medicine > Pediatrics
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1752-8054
MeSH Headings: Academic Medical Centers; Adult; Demography; Factor Analysis, Statistical; Female; Humans; Male; Mentors; Psychometrics--standards; Questionnaires; Reproducibility of Results; Translational Medical Research
Other ID: NLM NIHMS203869, NLM PMC3042890
PubMed Central ID: PMC3042890
PubMed ID: 20590679
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 17:05
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2021 17:55


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