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Volunteer work in the church among older Mexican Americans

Publication Abstract

Krause, Neal, and R. Hayward. 2012. "Volunteer work in the church among older Mexican Americans." Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18(3): 277-84.

The purpose of this study is to identify the factors that influence the amount of volunteer work that older Mexican Americans perform in the place where they worship. The relationship between religion and volunteering is viewed from a social identity perspective. Data from a nationally representative sample of older Mexican Americans suggest that Evangelical/Pentecostal church members spend more time performing volunteer work at church than older Mexican Americans who affiliate with other denominations. Moreover, the findings indicate that the difference in the amount of volunteering between the two groups can largely be explained by differences in the nature of the spiritual support that Evangelical/Pentecostal receive from their fellow church members as well as depth of their commitment to their faith.

DOI:10.1037/a0028639 (Full Text)

PMCID: PMC3490200. (Pub Med Central)

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