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Volunteering in various life stages: Youth, elderly, and parental volunteering

Haski-Leventhal, Debbie and Matz, Ed and Hogg, Eddy and Ibrahim, Barbara and Horton-Smith, David and Wang, Lily (2016) Volunteering in various life stages: Youth, elderly, and parental volunteering. In: Horton-Smith, David and Stebbins, Robert and Gortz, Jurgen, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations. Palgrave, pp. 682-701. ISBN 978-1-137-26316-2. E-ISBN 978-1-137-26317-9. (doi:10.1007/978-1-137-26317-9) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

As a person goes through the various stages of life, many things change, including the ways one volunteers and for what reasons (Musick and Wilson 2008). This chapter reviews research on formal volunteering at three different life stages: youth, elderly, and parental volunteering. In each stage, we discuss the definitions, unique characteristics, and scope of volunteering. We further analyze the existing knowledge on motivations, benefits, challenges, and impact for each age group. Furthermore, we discuss the cultural differences of volunteering in each stage in various regions around the world. We conclude with a comparison between the three groups and discuss future trends. The three life stages examined are more distinct and meaningful in industrial and post-industrial societies than in less complex societies, owing to mass education and longer lifespans. Given wide cultural differences in how individuals progress through these stages, the intersection of life-cycle stage and cultural setting are major variables in understanding patterns of volunteering.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-1-137-26317-9
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Eddy Hogg
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2017 16:47 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:24 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/62997 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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