Are all mentors equal? The impact of diversity on mentoring relationships
Lin, Jean J.
Hebl, Michelle R.
Master of Arts
This study examined the influence of mentor matching on job attitudes and the extent to which this relationship was mediated by the amount of gay-specific mentor functions gay and lesbian workers receive and further influenced by the centrality of a gay or lesbian individual's sexual identity. Results revealed that gay and lesbian proteges with gay mentors reported greater job satisfaction and job involvement than those with heterosexual mentors, who in turn, reported greater job satisfaction and job involvement than gay and lesbian workers with no mentors. Having a mentor, regardless of whether the mentor was gay or heterosexual, however, did not appear related to gay and lesbian workers' organizational commitment. No support was found for the proposed mediator and moderator variables. Implications for future research are discussed.