The Benefits of Formal Mentoring for Practitioners in Therapeutic Recreation
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Leandra A. Bedini, Denise M. AndersonThe Benefits of Formal Mentoring for Practitioners in Therapeutic Recreation

Mentoring has potential for empowering professionals in areas of job satisfaction as well as career advancement. Specifically, mentoring has been shown to have a positive effect on motivation, performance, retention, commitment, reducing stereotypes, and reducing inequities in areas of corporate business as well as health care. Currently, no literature exists that examines the benefits of mentoring for therapeutic recreation practitioners. The purpose of this study was to identify the status of mentoring in therapeutic recreation and to examine the relationship between mentoring and perceptions of workplace attitudes and behaviors of TR practitioners. Using the conceptual framework of the Theory of Social Exchange, a questionnaire was sent to 1000 CTRSs. Results indicated that only 15% of the respondents received any mentorship, however, those who did showed more positive results in areas of job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and organizational citizenship behaviors. Implications for research as well as practice are identified.

Author Leandra A. Bedini, Denise M. Anderson
Volume Vol 37, No 3 (2003)
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