For Mentors: the MCQ

Understand the Mentor's Perspective

The Match Characteristics Questionnaire (MCQ) is unique in the range of match quality indicators that it measures. It measures positive and negative perceptions of the relationship, the mentor's valuation of different purposes in the match, and the effects of external influences on the match. The subscales are described briefly below. For information about the MCQ's development and reliability statistics, please download this information sheet.

 

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What does the MCQ Measure?

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Internal Relationship Quality:
The MCQ includes seven scales measuring the way mentors experience and engage with their matches.

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Structure:
The MCQ measures structure as purpose, including five scales that assess how much mentors value relationally-focused activities versus more growth-oriented ones.

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External Factors:
The MCQ includes three scales measuring how mentors feel that external factors influence their matches.

Subscales of the Match Characteristics Questionnaire

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Internal Relationship Quality Subscales

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General Compatibility, the degree to which adults feel they are generally well-matched with their mentees

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Risk-related Compatibility, the degree to which adults feel they are prepared to handle their mentees' issues

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Closeness, the degree to which adults feel close with the youth

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Not Distant, the degree to which adults feel that the youth pushes them away (higher scores reflecting less distance)

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Satisfaction, the mentor’s sense of fulfillment in the relationship

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Nonacademic Support Seeking, the degree to which adults feel the youth actively seeks help related to personal issues

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Academic Support Seeking, the degree to which adults feel the youth actively seeks help with schoolwork

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Purpose Subscales:
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Sharing, the degree to which mentors focus on activities designed to forge a reciprocal bond with their mentees

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Fun/Hanging Out, the degree to which mentors focus on simply hanging out and having a good time with their mentees

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Character Development, the degree to which mentors focus on character and related facets of mentees’ maturation and psychosocial development

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Future Outlook, the degree to which mentors focus on activities related to mentees’ planning and preparing for their futures

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Academics, the degree to which mentors focus on school-related and mentally stimulating activities

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External Relationship Quality Subscales:
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Programmatic Support, the degree to which adults feel supported by the program

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Parental Support, the degree to which adults feel the parents have a positive effect on the match

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Interference, the degree to which travel requirements, availability, etc. interfere with the match

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Learn more about the Youth Mentoring Survey (YMS)

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