This research was supported by a postdoctoral research grant of the Special Research Fund of Ghent University, awarded to Ilse Cornelis.
Volunteer work in youth organizations: predicting distinct aspects of volunteering behavior from self- and other-oriented motives
Article first published online: 29 JAN 2013
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 43, Issue 2, pages 456–466, February 2013
How to Cite
Cornelis, I., Van Hiel, A. and De Cremer, D. (2013), Volunteer work in youth organizations: predicting distinct aspects of volunteering behavior from self- and other-oriented motives. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 43: 456–466. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2013.01029.x
- Issue published online: 14 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 29 JAN 2013
- Special Research Fund of Ghent University
This study examined the impact of motivational underpinnings of volunteerism on self-reported volunteer behaviors and satisfaction. Data from 153 volunteers in youth organizations supported a two-dimensional structure of self- and other-oriented motives. Self-oriented motives were more important in explaining in-role volunteer behavior, while other-oriented concerns were also important in predicting extra-role volunteer behavior and satisfaction. These findings are discussed in the context of a functional approach to volunteerism and linked to recent findings regarding the role of self- and other-oriented motives from the organizational literature. Suggestions for recruiting and motivating young volunteers in youth development organizations are presented.