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Motivations for Volunteerism, Satisfaction, and Emotional Exhaustion: The Moderating Effect of Volunteers’ Age

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Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, National University for Distance Teaching, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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Department of Human Resource Management and Psychology, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, 125993 Moscow, Russia
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Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Politécnica y Artística del Paraguay, 1628 Asunción, Paraguay
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Sustainability 2019, 11(16), 4477; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164477
Received: 23 May 2019 / Revised: 15 July 2019 / Accepted: 13 August 2019 / Published: 19 August 2019
This investigation aims to explore the moderating role of volunteers’ age in the relation between motivations for volunteering and, respectively, satisfaction with volunteerism and emotional exhaustion. A longitudinal study was conducted with a sample of 241 Spanish healthcare volunteers. Results show that volunteers’ age moderates the relations between social motivations and satisfaction, and social motivations and volunteers’ emotional exhaustion, and also between growth motivations and satisfaction, and volunteers’ emotional exhaustion. The relationships between security motivations and satisfaction and emotional exhaustion are not moderated by age. Our findings underline that, for younger volunteers, satisfaction decreases when social motives are high, rather than low, and, in the opposite, emotional exhaustion increases when growth motives are high, rather than low. For older volunteers, instead, the only significant effect concern satisfaction, which is higher when social motives are high, rather than low. View Full-Text
Keywords: volunteerism; motivation for volunteerism; satisfaction with volunteerism; emotional exhaustion; age volunteerism; motivation for volunteerism; satisfaction with volunteerism; emotional exhaustion; age
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Aranda, M.; Zappalà, S.; Topa, G. Motivations for Volunteerism, Satisfaction, and Emotional Exhaustion: The Moderating Effect of Volunteers’ Age. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4477. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164477

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Aranda M, Zappalà S, Topa G. Motivations for Volunteerism, Satisfaction, and Emotional Exhaustion: The Moderating Effect of Volunteers’ Age. Sustainability. 2019; 11(16):4477. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164477

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Aranda, Mercedes; Zappalà, Salvatore; Topa, Gabriela. 2019. "Motivations for Volunteerism, Satisfaction, and Emotional Exhaustion: The Moderating Effect of Volunteers’ Age" Sustainability 11, no. 16: 4477. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11164477

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