Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

W. Brad Johnson, Ph.D.


The business literature regarding mentor relationships has quantitatively shown them to be beneficial for both mentor and protege. Most of the mentoring literature in the field of psychology has been theoretical, with a few sporadic attempts to quantify the concept. This study is the first comprehensive survey of mentoring experiences among students from psychology graduate programs across the nation. National survey data was collected and analyzed using descriptive and correlational statistics. Essential components of the mentor-protege relationship were explored, and respondents were asked to evaluate their experiences as proteges. The primary focus of this research was the comparison of the mentor experiences of male and female students and ethical concerns in the mentor relationships. Results showed no significant differences in overall satisfaction with mentor relationships, satisfaction with graduate education, and prevalence of mentoring between genders. These findings contradict some assumptions of previous studies in psychology graduate education, and were based on a large-scale sample more representative of psychology graduate students across the nation.

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