Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/19142
Title: Beliefs about volunteerism, volunteering intention, volunteering behavior, and purpose in life among Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong
Authors: Law, BMF
Shek, DTL 
Keywords: Chinese adolescents
Psychological well-being
Purpose in life
Volunteering
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Source: The scientific world journal, 2009, v. 9, p. 855-856 How to cite?
Journal: The scientific world journal 
Abstract: The relationships among beliefs about volunteerism, volunteering intention, volunteering behavior, and purpose in life were examined in this study. A total of 5,946 participants completed a series of scales, including the Revised Personal Functions of Volunteerism Scale, Volunteering Intention Scale, and Purpose in Life Scale. The results showed that participants whose purpose in life had different levels also had varied prosocial beliefs about volunteerism, volunteering intention, and volunteering behavior. Purpose in life was associated more strongly with prosocial value function than with other types of beliefs (except understanding function). When different beliefs are grouped, the correlation between purpose in life and other-serving beliefs was higher than that between purpose in life and self-serving beliefs. Purpose in life was also associated with volunteering intention and behavior. Path analyses showed that purpose in life predicted volunteering behavior via beliefs and intention. While other-serving beliefs predicted volunteering behavior directly, self-serving beliefs did not have such direct effect.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/19142
ISSN: 2356-6140
EISSN: 1537-744X
DOI: 10.1100/tsw.2009.32
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