Mentoring experiences among midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy
Baker, Brett T.
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This study investigated mentoring and midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy (USNA). The mission of the Naval Academy is essentially to develop leaders, and mentoring is closely related to leadership. Therefore, this study looked at possible correlations between mentoring and midshipmen at USNA. Specifically, the extent of mentoring on midshipmen at USNA, the degree of influence mentors had on midshipmen, salient features of USNA mentors, and other psychosocial outcomes of mentoring on midshipmen were investigated in this study. This study suggests midshipmen generally accept mentoring as an important concept, but only 45% of USNA midshipmen have mentors. Female midshipmen were more likely to have a mentor at USNA than their male counterparts. USNA mentors were typically older than their protege, Caucasian, male and in the military. Peers were most trusted and utilized as mentors. This study also suggests that midshipmen having mentors were more satisfied with USNA, more likely to mentor others, and more likely to hold a leadership position on a sports team or in an extracurricular activity (ECA).
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