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Volunteering among Australian adolescents: Findings from a national study

Webber, Ruth (2011) Volunteering among Australian adolescents: Findings from a national study. Youth Studies Australia, 30 (1). pp. 9-16. ISSN 1038-2569

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Abstract

Ninety-three young Australians were interviewed about volunteering as part of a larger three-stage study on youth spirituality and social concern. The results indicate that young people who were older, better educated and had access to networks and mentoring were more likely to be engaged in social-cause service than those without these resources. Social-cause service involves volunteers having direct involvement in causes or activities that help people who are in need, are disadvantaged or marginalised. In comparison, standard-cause service involves volunteers working in activities which assist other people but do not involve direct exposure to them or to issues of inequality or injustice in society. Respondents who engaged in social-cause service saw clear benefits for themselves as well as for the group with whom they were serving.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Adolescents, Volunteers, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Spiritual Development, Age Differences, Educational Attainment, Mentors, Service Learning, Disadvantaged, Helping Relationship, Interpersonal Relationship
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 14:45
Last Modified: 24 May 2017 14:45
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2410

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