The Dark Side of Mentoring: Explaining Mentor-on-Mentee Aggression

TitleThe Dark Side of Mentoring: Explaining Mentor-on-Mentee Aggression
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMcClelland, RT
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Philosophy
Date PublishedSpring2009
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0739098X
Keywordsaggression , HOSTILITY , Human , INTERPERSONAL , Mentoring , Mentors , TEACHER-student
AbstractRecently available social scientific evidence suggests strongly that harmful aggressive behavior by mentors aimed at their mentees (mentor-on-mentee-aggression, or MOMA) is a common occurrence in such relationships. This paper seeks to characterize such aggression and to account for its persistence by means of confluence of three etiological perspectives: ethological (mentoring as a form of "alloparenting" and as a form of coalition building), broadly evolutionary (MOMA as a form of "handicap" attaching to the bonds that constitute mentoring coalitions), and psycho- dynamic (MOMA as a function of "normal narcissism"). 
NotesMcClelland, Richard T. 1; Affiliation: 1: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Gonzaga University.; Source Info: Spring2009, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p61; Subject Term: TEACHER-student relationships; Subject Term: AGGRESSION (Psychology); Subject Term: MENTORING in education; Subject Term: MENTORS; Subject Term: MENTORING; Subject Term: HOSTILITY (Psychology); Subject Term: INTERPERSONAL conflict -- Research; Subject Term: HUMAN behavior; Number of Pages: 26p; Document Type: Article