Scale: Mentor-Youth Alliance Scale (MYAS)

What it measures:

  • Youth’s feelings of compatibility with the mentor and satisfaction with different aspects of the mentoring relationship.

Intended age range: 9- to 19-year-olds.

Brief description: This 10-item scale includes items assessing both the youth’s own feelings about and experiences within the mentoring relationship as well as perceptions of the mentor’s feelings toward him/her. Sample items include: “I feel my mentor cares about me, even when I do things s/he does not approve of” and “My relationship with my mentor is important to me.” Youth respond on a 4-point scale: Very false, False, True, or Very true.

Rationale: This measure was selected based on its brevity and evidence of reliability and validity.

Cautions: None.

Special administration information: None.

How to score: Each item is scored from 1 (Very false) to 4 (Very true) and averaged to create one overall score.

How to interpret findings: Higher scores indicate more positive youth perceptions of relationship quality.

Access and permissions: The measure is available for non-commercial use with no charge and is made available here.

Alternatives: None recommended.

Citations: Zand, D. H., Thomson, N., Cervantes, R., Espiritu, R., Klagholz, D., LaBlanc, L., & Taylor, A. (2009). The mentor-youth alliance: The role of mentoring relationships in promoting youth competence. Journal of Adolescence, 32, 1-17. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence. 2007. 12.006

Thomson, N., & Zand, D. H. (2010). Mentees’ perceptions of their interpersonal relationships: The role of the mentor-youth bond. Youth & Society, 41, 434-445. doi:10.1177/004 4118X09334806

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