Doing it from your heart: The role of older women as informal volunteers

Warburton, Jeni and McLaughlin, Deirdre (2006) Doing it from your heart: The role of older women as informal volunteers. Journal Of Women and Aging, 18 2: 55-72. doi:10.1300/J074v18n02_05

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Author Warburton, Jeni
McLaughlin, Deirdre
Title Doing it from your heart: The role of older women as informal volunteers
Journal name Journal Of Women and Aging   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0895-2841
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1300/J074v18n02_05
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 55
End page 72
Total pages 18
Editor J. Dianne Garner
Place of publication Birmingham, NY
Publisher Haworth Press Inc
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
370203 Social Policy
750304 The aged
750303 Gender
Abstract This paper explores the contributions made by older women to the Community as informal volunteers. It argues that ageing policy is not gender neutral and tends to ignore the contributions made by Women Outside paid work. As well as being ignored in policy, women's unpaid roles have been denigrated by some feminist commentators, who suggest that these roles Subordinate the position of women. The aim of the present paper is to explore the lived experiences of older women in relation to their informal volunteer roles, using role identity theory as a framework. The study utilizes data from a qualitative study Using focus group methodology. Findings demonstrate. that informal volunteering contributes to the women's identity and gives their lives meaning. These findings suggest that a more positive policy framework around ageing is needed to ensure that the worth of these contributions is recognised.
Keyword Gerontology
role identity
Role Identity
Ageing Women
Identity Theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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