Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Motivating volunteers and increasing satisfaction
by Spicer, Rana Hamadani, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 59; 1517794
Abstract (Summary)

The present study uses E. Gil Clary's Functional Approach to Volunteerism to examine student volunteer motives and the impact on satisfaction and intent to continue volunteering when motives are fulfilled. The study also examines the unique challenge of retaining student volunteers that predominantly have initiated their volunteer relationship due to course requirements.

Surveys were completed by 116 college students who either currently or recently served as volunteers. Results indicated that fulfillment of volunteer motives did not impact intent-to-stay, regardless of which volunteer functions were served. However, motive fulfillment did positively impact satisfaction when volunteers where motivated by Values, Social or Enhancement functions, but not when they were motivated by Understanding, Protective or Career functions. Additionally, results indicated that student volunteers are highly motivated by the Career function, but more highly endorsed the Values and Understanding functions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whitney, David J.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Publication Number: 1517794
ISBN: 978-1-267-47421-6
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