Motivations and barriers to volunteering by seniors: A critical review of the literature

Petriwskyj, Andrea M. and Warburton, Jeni (2007) Motivations and barriers to volunteering by seniors: A critical review of the literature. International Journal of Volunteer Administration, XXIV 6: 3-25.

Author Petriwskyj, Andrea M.
Warburton, Jeni
Title Motivations and barriers to volunteering by seniors: A critical review of the literature
Journal name International Journal of Volunteer Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0733-6535
Publication date 2007-10
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume XXIV
Issue 6
Start page 3
End page 25
Total pages 23
Editor M. Merrill
Place of publication Raleigh, NC, U.S.A.
Publisher Department of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences, North Carolina State University
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts - General
750399 Community services not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
Information about the motivations and barriers to volunteering by seniors is of vital importance to nonprofit agencies seeking to recruit and retain older volunteers. This paper presents a critical review of the social and behavioural literature in relation to volunteering by seniors. The focus in the literature is on what motivates seniors to volunteer, with less attention to barriers to volunteering. Whilst findings from these studies are relatively consistent and provide important general information, a critical review of this literature raises a number of conceptual and methodogical concerns that could limit the applicability of findings to the field. For example, many studies fail to differentiate either by age of participants and/or by differences in volunteer activities. Overall, very few studies incorporate validated scales that can be assessed across activities and contexts. It is important that new researchers recognise these limitations and address them in future research, particularly if volunteer administrators are to build the best available evidence into their policies and practices
Keyword Volunteering
Literature review
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: "Insights and Innovations".

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