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Individual value orientation, social norms, and volunteering outcomes in later life



Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source International Journal of Comparative Sociology
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords Active aging; control over life; ecological perspective; postmaterialism; social norms; volunteering
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Description A growing body of scholarship examines the social and personal benefits of volunteering across the life course. However, less is known about how this experience of volunteering varies across different national contexts and how the impact of volunteering is shaped by micro- and macro-conditions. This article utilizes a cross-national multilevel regression analysis of European Values Survey data to explore the benefits of volunteering for two distinct sets of aging populations in the EU: those identified as “materialists” and “postmaterialists.” It finds that a positive association between volunteering and one key indicator of quality of life (“control over life”) generally exists for postmaterialists, while it is more positive in countries with stronger familial norms among materialists. Hence, the role of volunteering in later life is not as uniform as suggested by the active aging approach.

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