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Title: Relationships between volunteerism and social responsibility in young volunteers
Author(s): Lo, Tit Wing 
Author(s): Cheung, C.-K.
Liu, S.-C.
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Springer
Journal: Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 
Volume: 26
Issue: 3
Start page: 872
End page: 889
A vexing research question concerns reciprocal relationships between social responsibility and volunteerism, characterized by volunteer identity and low volunteering cost perceived among young volunteers. This study analyzes panel data collected from 527 university students engaged in a volunteering project at a university in Hong Kong, China. Controlling for background and selectivity factors, the study reveals that the volunteer’s social responsibility displayed a positive effect on volunteerism 6 months later, but volunteerism did not yield a positive effect on social responsibility 6 months later. These results imply the emphasis on social responsibility as a precursor to sustain volunteerism. They also imply the need for university to orchestrate volunteering projects that foster volunteers’ volunteerism and social responsibility.
DOI: 10.1007/s11266-014-9486-6
CIHE Affiliated Publication: No
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