Formal volunteering as a protector of health in the context of social losses

Publication Abstract

Jang, Heejung, Fengyan Tang, Ernest Gonzales, Yung Soo Lee, and Nancy Morrow-Howell. 2018. "Formal volunteering as a protector of health in the context of social losses." Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61(8): 834-848.

This study aims to examine the effect of the death of a family member or friend on psychological well-being, specifically the moderating effects of first-time volunteering and social network. With the sample of 354 volunteers from the Experience Corps® (EC) programs, Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) estimated the differences in psychological well-being. Among volunteers who had experienced the death of a family member or friend, new volunteers showed significant improvement in positive affect compared to experienced volunteers. EC members gained additional social contacts through volunteering. Formal volunteering has a salutatory effect on older adults' health after the loss of family members.

10.1080/01634372.2018.1476945

Keywords:
Volunteering, positive affect, negative affect, social isolation, social contact, role loss

Browse | Search | Next

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Mehta makes it clear why young people are leading the rise of COVID cases in Michigan: Socializing

More News

Highlights

Frey's Social Science Data Analysis Network, SSDAN wins 2020 MERLOT Sociology Classics Award

Doing COVID-19 research? These data tools can help!

More Highlights


Connect with PSC follow PSC on Twitter Like PSC on Facebook