Correlates of Satisfaction in Older Volunteers: A Motivational Perspective

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motivational perspective, older volunteer, motive strength, motivational approach, volunteer satisfaction, maintain volunteer, long-term volunteer, time spent volunteering, serf specific need, le satisfied volunteer, motivational analysis, motive fulfillment

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The author used motivational analysis to examine the role of satisfaction with volunteerism in a sample of older volunteers. The motivational approach proposes that volunteering serves specific needs or motives. The more the experience fulfills them, the more satisfied the individual and the greater the commitment to continue volunteering. The aim of the study was to clarify the relationship between volunteer satisfaction and motive strength, motive fulfillment, time spent volunteering, and length of service, respectively. The results supported the motivational perspective. Motive strength and fulfillment correlated with satisfaction which, in turn, predicted time spent volunteering. Less satisfied volunteers devoted fewer hours but nonetheless often remained long-term volunteers. The findings suggest that to best utilize and maintain volunteers, motivations for helping should be determined early in the process and periodically re-assessed.

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Journal of Volunteer Administration, v. 24, issue 5, p. 6-12.