Older people - the reserve army of volunteers? An analysis of volunteerism among older Australians

Warburton, Jeni, Le Brocque, Robyne and Rosenman, Linda (1998) Older people - the reserve army of volunteers? An analysis of volunteerism among older Australians. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 46 3: 229-245. doi:10.2190/6N5V-TD6J-L8D7-BY7D


Author Warburton, Jeni
Le Brocque, Robyne
Rosenman, Linda
Title Older people - the reserve army of volunteers? An analysis of volunteerism among older Australians
Journal name International Journal of Aging and Human Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0091-4150
Publication date 1998
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2190/6N5V-TD6J-L8D7-BY7D
Volume 46
Issue 3
Start page 229
End page 245
Total pages 17
Place of publication Amityville, NY, United States
Publisher Baywood Publishing
Language eng
Abstract In Australia, as in other Western countries, policy-makers are mining their attention to older people, particularly the early retired, as a rich potential source of volunteers. This study examines volunteer behavior in a sample of older Australians in either their immediate pre or post retirement phase. It involves a secondary analysis of data collected for a study on retirement, and seeks to examine the main social and demographic differences between those who volunteer and those who do not. The key concepts associated with volunteering are the availability of 1) dine and 2) social and personal resources. Logistic regression analyses revealed that volunteers are significantly more likely to come from the higher occupational classes, are less likely to be self-employed, and are more likely to view their health positively. Implications of these results for social policy are discussed.
Keyword Retirement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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