Benefits to University students through volunteering in a health context: A new model

Date

2017-06-19

Authors

Williamson, I. R.
Wildbur, D. J.
Bell, Katie
Tanner, J.
Matthews, Hannah

Advisors

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

0007-1005

Volume Title

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Individual interviews explored 50 British University students’ accounts of sustained volunteering within health settings and a model was developed using grounded theory. Phase one - 'Getting involved' outlines 'motives and catalysts' for students starting to volunteer wherein altruistic motives of compassion for others are juxtaposed with perceptions of enhanced employability. Phase two - 'Maintaining commitment' includes three components ('Making connections' 'Developing resilience' and 'Keeping the balance'), which represent important aspects of continuing volunteering participation. Phase three - 'Reaping the rewards' focuses on the benefits of volunteering including self-development. Our findings have implications for the training and support of student volunteers

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Keywords

volunteering, university students, psychological well-being, grounded theory, interviews

Citation

Williamson, I.R, Wildbur, D., Bell, K., Tanner, J. and Matthews, H (2017) Benefits to University students through volunteering in a health context: A new model. British Journal of Educational Studies, 66 (3), pp. 383-402

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Research Institute

Institute for Psychological Science