Generativity in college students: Comparing and explaining the impact of mentoring

Lindsay J. Hastings, James V. Griesen, Richard E. Hoover, John W. Creswell, Larry L. Dlugosh

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Preparing college students to be active contributors to the next generation is an important function of higher education. This assumption about generativity forms a cornerstone in this mixed methods study that examined generativity levels among 273 college students at a 4-year public university. MANCOVA results indicated that college students who mentor demonstrated significantly higher generativity than nonmentoring students. Interviews with 9 mentoring students revealed that, although a “seed of generativity” may have already been planted, their mentoring experience served as a “lab” for learning how to be generative. The integrated findings offer important contributions relative to leadership and social responsibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)651-669
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of College Student Development
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Education


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