Journal article

Longitudinal associations between formal volunteering and well-being among retired older people: follow-up results from a randomized controlled trial

Michelle Jongenelis, Ben Jackson, Robert U Newton, Simone Pettigrew

AGING & MENTAL HEALTH | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Volunteering has been identified as a potential mechanism for improving the psychosocial health of older adults. Utilizing a randomized controlled trial approach, the present study assessed the extent to which commencing volunteering can improve psychosocial health outcomes for older people. Fully retired Australian adults aged 60+ years (N= 445) were assessed at baseline and allocated to either the intervention or control arms of the trial. Those in the intervention condition were asked to participate in at least 60 min of formal volunteering per week for 6 months. Per-protocol analyses were conducted comparing psychosocial outcomes for those who complied with the intervention condition (n=..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (DP140100365).