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Effects of Volunteering on the Well-Being of Older Adults

Effects of Volunteering on the Well-Being of Older Adults Objectives. This study tests the effects of volunteering on the well-being of older adults, including the effect of level of engagement, the moderating effects of demographic and social factors, and the effects of the nature of the volunteer experience. Methods. This is a secondary data analysis of three waves of data from the Americans' Changing Lives Study. Self-rated health, functional dependency, and depression are regressed on the well-being measures from the previous waves, other control variables and volunteer status, volunteer hours, type and number of volunteer organizations, and the perceived benefit to others of the volunteer work. Results. Older adults who volunteer and who engage in more hours of volunteering report higher levels of well-being. This positive effect was not moderated by social integration, race, or gender. There was no effect of the number of organizations for which the older adult volunteered, the type of organization, or the perceived benefit of the work to others. Discussion. This work contributes to a knowledge base that points to the development of social programs and policies that maximize the engagement of older adults in volunteer roles. The findings suggest that targeting efforts may not be warranted, in that there are not differential benefits according to personal characteristics of the volunteer. Future studies have to address the nature of the social institutions that will maximize the number of elders in these roles and the benefits that they accrue. 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Abstract

Objectives. This study tests the effects of volunteering on the well-being of older adults, including the effect of level of engagement, the moderating effects of demographic and social factors, and the effects of the nature of the volunteer experience. Methods. This is a secondary data analysis of three waves of data from the Americans' Changing Lives Study. Self-rated health, functional dependency, and depression are regressed on the well-being measures from the previous waves, other control variables and volunteer status, volunteer hours, type and number of volunteer organizations, and the perceived benefit to others of the volunteer work. Results. Older adults who volunteer and who engage in more hours of volunteering report higher levels of well-being. This positive effect was not moderated by social integration, race, or gender. There was no effect of the number of organizations for which the older adult volunteered, the type of organization, or the perceived benefit of the work to others. Discussion. This work contributes to a knowledge base that points to the development of social programs and policies that maximize the engagement of older adults in volunteer roles. The findings suggest that targeting efforts may not be warranted, in that there are not differential benefits according to personal characteristics of the volunteer. Future studies have to address the nature of the social institutions that will maximize the number of elders in these roles and the benefits that they accrue. The Gerontological Society of America « Previous | Next Article » Table of Contents This Article J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci (2003) 58 (3): S137-S145. doi: 10.1093/geronb/58.3.S137 » Abstract Free Full Text (HTML) Free Full Text (PDF) Free Classifications Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences Services Article metrics Alert me when cited Alert me if corrected Find similar articles Similar articles in Web of Science Similar articles in PubMed Add to my archive Download citation Request Permissions Citing Articles Load citing article information Citing articles via CrossRef Citing articles via Scopus Citing articles via Web of Science Citing articles via Google Scholar Google Scholar Articles by Morrow-Howell, N. Articles by Tang, F. Search for related content PubMed PubMed citation Articles by Morrow-Howell, N. Articles by Hinterlong, J. Articles by Rozario, P. A. Articles by Tang, F. Related Content Load related web page information Share Email this article CiteULike Delicious Facebook Google+ Mendeley Twitter What's this? Search this journal: Advanced » Current Issue November 2015 70 (6) Alert me to new issues The Journal About the journal Free Editors' Choice Articles Impact Factor Articles The Journals of Gerontology, Series B Supplements Special Issues Rights & permissions We are mobile – find out more Journals Career Network Policy Snapshot Published on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America Impact Factor: 3.213 5-Yr impact factor: 3.856 Editorial Boards The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences Bob G. Knight, PhD View full editorial board The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Social Sciences Deborah S. Carr, PhD, Editor View full editorial board For the Media GSA Press Room For Authors Instructions to authors Services for authors Submit Now: Social Sciences Submit Now: Psychological Sciences Self-archiving policy Open access options for authors - visit Oxford Open Oxford Open P56qQ0myhZIZ9qtHtIIeI0jcYDo8lVt6 true Looking for your next opportunity? Looking for jobs... jQuery_1_11 = jQuery.noConflict(true); Corporate Services What we offer Advertising sales Reprints Supplements Classified Advertising Sales Alerting Services Email table of contents CiteTrack XML RSS feed var taxonomies = ("MED00280", "SCI02100", "SOC02600"); Most Most Read Emotional Aging: Recent Findings and Future Trends Mind Matters: Cognitive and Physical Effects of Aging Self-Stereotypes Age Differences in Stress, Coping, and Appraisal: Findings from the Normative Aging Study Cumulative Advantage/Disadvantage and the Life Course: Cross-Fertilizing Age and Social Science Theory The Gray Divorce Revolution: Rising Divorce Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults, 1990-2010 » View all Most Read articles Most Cited The Impact of Childhood and Adult SES on Physical, Mental, and Cognitive Well-Being in Later Life Nursing Home Staffing and Its Relationship to Deficiencies Differential Benefits of Volunteering Across the Life Course Social Network Typologies and Mental Health Among Older Adults Associations of Stressors and Uplifts of Caregiving With Caregiver Burden and Depressive Mood: A Meta-Analysis » View all Most Cited articles Disclaimer: Please note that abstracts for content published before 1996 were created through digital scanning and may therefore not exactly replicate the text of the original print issues. All efforts have been made to ensure accuracy, but the Publisher will not be held responsible for any remaining inaccuracies. If you require any further clarification, please contact our Customer Services Department. 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