Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 482–487 | Cite as

The Correlation of Mentoring and Job Satisfaction: A Pilot Study of Mental Health Professionals

  • Cheryl D. Lee
  • Eliette del Carmen Montiel
Original Paper


A pilot study examined the relationship between job satisfaction and perceived mentoring among 56 mental health supervisors and practitioners in a county mental health agency. Participants completed the Alleman Mentoring Activities Questionnaires and the Job Descriptive Index and Job in General Scale. Practitioners who perceived they were involved in mentoring relationships with supervisors were more satisfied with their jobs than those who perceived that they were not involved in mentoring relationships. The mentoring functions of sponsoring, assigning challenging tasks, and demonstrating trust predicted job satisfaction. Recommendations include incorporating mentoring functions in supervisory training to increase mental health professionals’ job satisfaction.


Job satisfaction Mentoring Mental health professionals 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkCalifornia State University, Long BeachLong BeachUSA
  2. 2.Los Angeles County Department of Mental HealthNortheast Mental Health CenterLos AngelesUSA

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