Volunteerism in a Community-Based Sample of Women Aged 50 to 80 Years1

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  • Deborah J. Bowen,

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    1. Cancer Prevention Research Program Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle, Washington
      2 Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Deborah Bowen, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Avenue, N., MP 702, Seattle, WA 98109.
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  • M. Robyn Andersen,

    1. Cancer Prevention Research Program Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle, Washington
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  • Nicole Urban

    1. Cancer Prevention Research Program Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle, Washington
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  • 1

    This research was supported by Grant Number CA60131 from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

2 Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Deborah Bowen, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Avenue, N., MP 702, Seattle, WA 98109.

Abstract

This paper has 2 purposes: (a) to present the differences in demographic and health characteristics of older women volunteers and nonvolunteers in a community-based sample; (b) to identify the motivations of current and past volunteers, as contrasted with those who have never volunteered. A population-based survey was conducted with a sample of 1,104 women aged 50 to 80 years in the state of Washington. Nonvolunteers were less likely to be married and were slightly less likely to be White than were current or past volunteers. Demographic variables (e. g., age) and health status predicted level of reported motivation for volunteering. These data provide us with population-based estimates of volunteering and motivations for older women.

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