Measurement invariance in mentoring research: A cross-cultural examination across Taiwan and the U.S.

Changya Hu, Ekin K. Pellegrini, Terri A. Scandura

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Abstract

Workplace mentoring in the international context is an emerging research area with significant potential for global integration. However, although measurement equivalence is a prerequisite for examining cross-cultural differences, this assumption has yet to be examined in mentoring research. This study contributes to the mentoring literature by assessing the measurement equivalence of the Mentoring Functions Questionnaire (MFQ-9) across two diverse cultural settings, the U.S. and Taiwan. Results of a series of multi-group confirmatory factor analyses supported full configural invariance, full metric invariance, and partial scalar invariance across the two groups. These findings suggest MFQ-9 may provide acceptable comparisons and meaningful interpretations across cultures. Implications for future international mentoring research and managerial practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-282
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume78
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Cross-cultural
  • International
  • Measurement equivalence/invariance
  • Mentoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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