Journal article

What kind of donor are you? Uncovering complexity in donor identity

Liliana Bove, Danielle Chmielewski, Benjamin A Neville, Jing Lei, Anish Nagpal

Psychology and Marketing | Wiley | Published : 2021


Identity is a useful lens to understand donation behavior. However, studies have typically conceptualized and examined donor identity as a generic, unidimensional concept. Through in‐depth interviews with 52 blood donors, this study sets out to discover if there is more complexity to donor identity, and what implications this might have for marketing communications, in the context of donation of the self (e.g., blood, organs, time, and effort). We use sentiment polarity and amplification analysis of inductive themes to uncover distinct patterns reflective of four different donor identities. We label these the Savior, Communitarian, Pragmatist, and Elitist, which are underpinned by theories o..

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