Social Work and Volunteerism: Exploring Factors That Influence Volunteer Commitment
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Institution Granting Degree
University of South Carolina
Cedarville University School or Department
Terry A. Wolfer
Social work, volunteerism
This study was the first in a series of studies leading to the eventual testing and development of a multidimensional model of understanding volunteerism. The purpose of the present study was to explore factors that influence volunteer commitment. A crosssectional panel design and multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) examined which motivational factors, volunteer job satisfaction factors, and demographic variables significantly influenced volunteer commitment. Findings from a sample of 731 participants from the South Carolina Lions Club, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of South Carolina, and Gamma Nu Omega—the Columbia graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, indicated that volunteer commitment was a complex construct that was influenced by a multitude of factors. The results supported the view of volunteering as a complex social and behavioral phenomenon and suggested that current social work practice with volunteers may be based on incomplete and inaccurate information. Specific implications for future research and social work education, concludes this study.
Sherr, Michael E., "Social Work and Volunteerism: Exploring Factors That Influence Volunteer Commitment" (2003). Faculty Dissertations. 115.