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Exploring volunteering of committed young Catholics

Webber, Ruth (2012) Exploring volunteering of committed young Catholics. Journal of beliefs & values: studies in religion & education, April. pp. 71-82. ISSN 1469-9362

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This article reports on a study of volunteer levels of Catholics from various World regions who attended an international youth Catholic festival. Volunteering levels, types of volunteering, reason for volunteering, Catholic group membership and pro-social values are analysed. An online survey was administered five months after the Festival to 3413 English speaking attendees, aged 15–35. Interviews were conducted with 49 people prior to attending the festival. Follow-up interviews were conducted with 36 participants shortly after the Festival. Volunteering level was related significantly to Catholic group membership and pro-social values. Those who volunteered for social concern reasons undertook more volunteer hours than who volunteered for self-oriented reasons. Results also illuminate the mechanisms through which membership of different types of Catholic groups relate to levels and type of volunteering, with those belonging to a Helping group undertaking more volunteer time than those belonging to a Religious or Social group.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: volunteering, pro-social values, Catholic group membership
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 02:33
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 03:59
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2695

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