Scale: Group Mentoring Climate
What it measures:
- A youth’s report of group processes within a group mentoring program including group engagement, group cohesion, and mutual help.
Intended age range: 14- to 18-year-olds.
Brief description: The scale consists of 11 items assessing three dimensions of group climate experienced in group mentoring programs: group cohesion (4 items, e.g., “Kids in this group care about each other.”), engagement (3 items, e.g., “Do you think the activities you do in your group are interesting?”), and mutual help (4 items, e.g., “How much did the group help you deal with everyday problems?” ). Response options are: Not a lot, A little bit, Somewhat, or Very much.
Rationale: This measure was chosen based on its strong theoretical support and use with group mentoring programs, its comprehensive assessment of group mentoring processes, and its promising evidence of reliability and validity.
Cautions: Reliability and validity evidence for the measure is based on a sample of ninth grade students who were at high risk for dropping out of school. They have not been assessed with different group mentoring programs across diverse samples.
Special administration information: None.
How to score: Each item is scored from 1 (Not a lot) to 4 (Very much). Each subscale score is the average of the items that make up the subscale.
How to interpret findings: Higher scores on the subscales reflect more positive climate within the group mentoring program.
Access and permissions: The scale is available for non-commercial use with no charge and is made available here.
Alternatives: Fostering program belonging is a key goal for many group mentoring programs. A global measure of Program Belonging has been used with out-of-school-time programs and mentoring programs. This scale may be particularly useful when assessing the group mentoring experiences of fairly young children. A brief five-item version of the measure is available here.
Citation: Kuperminc, G., Sanford, V., & Chan, W. Y. (2017, February). Building effective group mentoring programs: Lessons from research and practice on Project Arrive. Workshop presented at the National Mentoring Summit, Washington, DC.