Applying Theories of Institutional Helping to Informal Volunteering: Motives, Role Identity, and Prosocial Personality
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Dispositional variables from a volunteer model were shown to apply to informal volunteering. The model integrates two theories of the volunteer process: functional analysis and role identity theory. Undergraduates, (N= 139), completed an informal volunteer inventory, and measures of motives, role identity, and prosocial personality. Two dimensions of informal volunteering: people-oriented and task-oriented were revealed. Both correlated with motives for helping and role identity. The personality dimension of Helpfulness was associated with both Informal Volunteering – People (IVP) and Informal Volunteering – Task (IVT), while Other-oriented Empathy correlated only with IVP. This study is the first to demonstrate the applicability of a model of formal volunteering to ongoing informal helping. Variables heretofore conceptualized as describing individuals within organizations, are seen as equally important in initiating and sustaining informal helping.
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Social Behavior and Personality, v. 35, issue 1, p. 101-114.
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Finkelstein, Marcie and Brannick, Michael T., "Applying Theories of Institutional Helping to Informal Volunteering: Motives, Role Identity, and Prosocial Personality" (2007). Psychology Faculty Publications. 766.