Volunteerism, Psychology of

Mark Snyder, Alexander Maki

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The psychology of volunteerism has been informed by theoretical, empirical, and practical exploration. This article examines basic and applied scientific research on the antecedents, experiences, and consequences stages of the volunteer process. These stages of volunteerism are considered for individual volunteers, the recipients of volunteer services, the organizations through which volunteers serve, and the wider community in which volunteerism takes place. Theoretical and practical implications of volunteerism are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015

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  • Community
  • Health
  • Identity
  • Motivation
  • Organizations
  • Personality
  • Prosocial
  • Recruitment
  • Satisfaction
  • Service
  • Volunteerism


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