Factors affecting volunteering among older rural and city dwelling adults in Australia

Warburton, Jennifer R. and Stirling, C. (2007) Factors affecting volunteering among older rural and city dwelling adults in Australia. Educational Gerontology, 33 1: 23-43. doi:10.1080/03601270600846824

Author Warburton, Jennifer R.
Stirling, C.
Title Factors affecting volunteering among older rural and city dwelling adults in Australia
Journal name Educational Gerontology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0360-1277
Publication date 2007-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03601270600846824
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 23
End page 43
Total pages 21
Editor Barry Lumsden
Place of publication Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2007
Language eng
Subject C1
370203 Social Policy
750304 The aged
1301 Education Systems
Abstract In the absence of large scale Australian studies of volunteering among older adults, this study compared the relevance of two theoretical approaches-social capital theory and sociostructural resources theory-to predict voluntary activity in relation to a large national database. The paper explores volunteering by older people (aged 55+) in order to assess differences in volunteering in the Australian context. A model was developed that comprised social capital variables (organizational membership, religious affiliation, marital status, and migrant status) and sociostructural variables (education, work status, income, gender, and health status). Logistic regression analyses assessed the relationship between these variables and volunteering, and the interaction effects with two key factors relevant to the Australian context, age cohort and locality. Overall, these results suggest (a) that reliance on bivariate analysis for understanding volunteering may hide a more complex picture associated with older people volunteering, and (b) that neither social capital theory nor sociostructural resource theory adequately predicts volunteering by older Australians, but that generational theories may provide added strength to future analyses.
Keyword Education & Educational Research
Older adults
Social capital theory
Sociostructural resources theory
Australian context
Q-Index Code C1

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