Journal article

Development of a scale assessing retired older adults' attitudes to volunteering

Liyuwork Mitiku Dana, Michelle I Jongenelis, Ben Jackson, Robert U Newton, Simone Pettigrew

AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Given positive attitudes to volunteering are likely to be associated with support for volunteering and individual participation, this study aimed to develop and test a 10-item 'attitudes to formal volunteering' scale for retired older adults that could be used to inform intervention efforts. METHOD: A sample of 801 Australian retirees (62% female; mean age: 71.9 years) completed a survey that included the attitude scale, demographic items and questions assessing engagement in volunteering. RESULTS: A principal component analysis identified two factors (general attitude to volunteering and attitude to participating in volunteering) that together accounted for 64% of the variance in..

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