Specific Facets of Relationships

Scale: Youth-Centered Relationship

What it measures:

  • Youth's perceptions of the extent to which the activities engaged in with the mentor are centered on the youth's interests.

Intended age range: 10- to 18-year-olds.

Brief description: This scale consists of 5 items assessing the extent to which the youth feels the mentor considers their preferences and interests when selecting activities. Sample items include: “My mentor almost always asks me what I want to do” and “My mentor and I like to do a lot of the same things.” Youth respond on a 4-point scale: Not true at all, Not very true, Sort of true, or Very true.

Rationale: This measure was chosen because of its brevity and evidence of validity and reliability across youth of differing gender, race/ethnicity and risk profiles.

Cautions: None.

Special administration information: None.

How to score: Each item is scored from 1 (Not true at all) to 4 (Very true). The overall perception of youth-centeredness is created by averaging across all five items.

How to interpret findings: Higher scores on the scale reflect higher levels of youth-centeredness in the mentoring relationship.

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

Alternatives: None recommended.


Citation: Jucovy, L. (2002). Measuring the quality of mentor-youth relationships. Philadelphia, PA: Public/Private Ventures. Available at http://educationnorthwest.org/sites/default/files/packeight.pdf.

Grossman, J. B., & Johnson, A. (1999). Judging the effectiveness of mentoring programs. In J. B. Grossman (Ed.), Contemporary Issues in Mentoring (pp.24-47). Philadelphia, PA: Public/Private Ventures. Available at https://www.issuelab.org/resources/11829/11829.pdf.

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