This exploratory study examined the motivations and experiences of adults 55 years of age and older who volunteer for a municipal police program. The sample consisted of 10 volunteer participants from a Southern California municipal police program. Utilizing a qualitative approach, the study was conducting using open ended, semi structured interviews. Data was collected through tape recorded interviews and transcribed for accuracy. A Grounded Theory approach was used to analyze and code the data to obtain common themes among the participant answers. The results of the study show how essential it is to have people in charge of volunteer programs who value and respect older volunteers. The results will also assist volunteer managers with recruitment and retention of volunteers for longevity of participation in volunteer programs.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Gerontology, Criminology, Recreation|
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