Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department


Major Professor

Vicky Phares, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Marc S. Karver, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jennifer Bosson, Ph.D.


functions of volunteering, positive psychology, theory of planned behavior, volunteering motivation


The rate of volunteering in the U.S. remains low in spite of the many positive benefits that volunteering yields. Prior research has suggested various theories to help explain motivation to volunteer. Nonetheless, none of the theories have been both comprehensive and specific enough to allow for their practical application in recruitment efforts or campaigns to increase motivations to volunteer. The purpose of the current study was to test a comprehensive model of volunteer motivation by integrating the Volunteering Functions Inventory into the Theory of Planned Behavior as behavioral and normative beliefs that influence attitudes and subjective norms. The hypothesized model also included control beliefs, which influence perceived behavioral control. The data were analyzed using latent variable path analysis and partially supported the hypothesized model. Implications for future research, policy makers, and volunteering organizations are discussed.

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