Table 3

Mentors’ and mentees’ responses at beginning of programs in 2009 (Year 1) and 2010 (Year 2)

MENTORS:
At orientation session
Yeara12345Mean SD
I am very interested in being a mentor.1 & 217%83%4.83
0.384
I am well informed about dentistry/dental hygiene and would love to talk to high school students about it.1 & 210%90%4.90
0.310
I am happy to participate in dental outreach programs with these high school students.1 & 210%90%4.90
0.310
I look forward to talking with the high school students.1 & 214%86%4.86
0.351
I look forward to developing a high school program for these students.1 & 23%31%66%4.62
0.561
When I think about a future as a dentist/dental hygienist, I feel that this will be the most satisfying career for me.1 & 23%14%83%4.79
0.491
MENTEES AND MENTORS:
Beginning of Saturday 1
Group12345Mean SD
I am very interested in participating in this program.Mentees27%27%46%4.19*
0.849
Mentors14%86%4.86
0.351
I would like to talk to mentees.Mentees19%31%50%4.31
0.788
Mentors14%86%4.86*
0.351
I would like to participate in a dental outreach program.Mentees27%27%46%4.19
0.849
Mentors10%90%4.90**
0.310
When I think about a future as a dentist/dental hygienist, I feel that this will be the most satisfying career for me.Mentees8%19%35%27%12%3.15
1.120
Mentors19%81%4.81**
0.402
  • Note: Responses ranged from 1=strongly disagree to 5=strongly agree.

  • a Independent sample t-tests showed that the average responses in 2009 and 2010 were not significantly different.

  • * p≤0.01;

  • ** p≤0.001