Development and evaluation of two abbreviated questionnaires for mentoring and research self-efficacy

Donna B. Jeffe, Treva K. Rice, Josephine E.A. Boyington, Dabeeru C. Rao, Girardin Jean-Louis, Victor G. Dávila-Román, Anne L. Taylor, Betty Sue Pace, Mohamed Boutjdir

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Abstract

Objectives: To reduce respondent burden for future evaluations of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-supported Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE), a mentored-research education program, we sought to shorten the 33-item Ragins and McFarlin Mentor Role Instrument (RMMRI), measuring mentor-role appraisals, and the 69-item Clinical Research Appraisal Inventory (CRAI), measuring research self-efficacy. Methods: Three nationally recruited, junior-faculty cohorts attended two, annual 2-3 week Summer Institutes (SI-1/SI-2: 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014) at one of six PRIDE sites. Mentees completed the RMMRI two months after mentor assignment and the CRAI at baseline (pre-SI-1) and 6-month (mid-year) and 12-month (post-SI-2) follow-up. Publications data obtained from Scopus in October 2015 were verified with mentees' curriculum vitae. The RMMRI and CRAI were shortened using an iterative process of principal-components analysis. The shortened measures were examined in association with each other (multiple linear regression) and with increase in publications (repeated-measures analysis of covariance). Results: PRIDE enrolled 152 mentees (70% women; 60% Black, 35% Hispanic/Latino). Cronbach's alphas for the new 9-item RMMRI, 19-item CRAI, and four CRAI-19 subscales were excellent. Controlling for baseline self-efficacy and cohort, RMMRI-9 scores were independently, positively associated with post-SI-2 scores on the CRAI-19 and three subscales (writing, study design/data analysis, and collaboration/grant preparation). Controlling for cohort, higher RMMRI-9 and post-SI-2 CRAI-19 scores were each associated with greater increase in publications. Conclusions: The RMMRI-9 and CRAI-19 retained the excellent psychometric properties of the longer measures. Findings support use of the shortened measures in future evaluations of PRIDE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-188
Number of pages10
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • Diversity
  • Instrument development
  • Mentoring
  • Principal components analysis
  • Research self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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    Jeffe, D. B., Rice, T. K., Boyington, J. E. A., Rao, D. C., Jean-Louis, G., Dávila-Román, V. G., Taylor, A. L., Pace, B. S., & Boutjdir, M. (2017). Development and evaluation of two abbreviated questionnaires for mentoring and research self-efficacy. Ethnicity and Disease, 27(2), 179-188. https://doi.org/10.18865/ed.27.2.179