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Age, retirement, and health as factors in volunteering in later life
University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
2012 (English)In: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, ISSN 0899-7640, E-ISSN 1552-7395, Vol. 41, no 2, 280-299 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Volunteering in later life attracts attention because its benefits older volunteers, voluntaryassociations, and society. Unfortunately, researchers and practitioners struggle withthe complexity of predicting who volunteers. The authors ask whether a roughidentification of older volunteers solely based on age is possible. The authors answerthis question by means of structural equation modeling, analyzing international surveydata. The findings show that the direct effect of age on the time older people spendvolunteering is negligible. Moreover, the age patterns in volunteering created byretirement and declining health are weak. Those findings make age an unsuitable indicatorfor volunteering in later life. The authors recommend that voluntary organizations andpolicy makers use personal characteristics, such as health status, when defining theirtarget groups for programs that encourage volunteering. In addition, researchersshould not use an age group when referring to the third age, meaning the active andproductive part of old age.

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Sage Publications, 2012. Vol. 41, no 2, 280-299 p.
Keyword [en]
age stratification, volunteering, old age, international comparison, structural equation modeling
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55119DOI: 10.1177/0899764011402697OAI: diva2:525650
Available from: 2012-05-09 Created: 2012-05-08 Last updated: 2012-05-10Bibliographically approved

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