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An investigation into the influence of Altruism and Social Anxiety on Volunteering

Murphy, Megan (2019) An investigation into the influence of Altruism and Social Anxiety on Volunteering. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Objective: Volunteerism has been a topic of interest to many researchers over the last few years. There is a substantial amount of research surrounding the characteristics of volunteers and what kind of people volunteers are, however, there is a scarcity of research comparing certain characteristics of volunteers and non-volunteers, that is altruism and social anxiety. Existing literature indicates that volunteers are very altruistic and are less likely to experience social anxiety, however, there are but few studies comparing these findings among non-volunteers. The current study was designed to investigate the two factors and their association with volunteering.

Methods: 240 volunteers and non-volunteers aged between eighteen and sixty-one took part in the current study. Altruism levels and social anxiety levels were both measured.

Results: Results show that volunteers scored higher on the altruism scale and showed lower levels of social anxiety compared to non-volunteers. Altruistic non-volunteers also reported higher levels of social anxiety compared to non-volunteers.

Conclusions: Results show that the altruistic non-volunteers experienced anxiety the most out of all the participants, however, further research is needed to confirm if these findings represent the entire population and whether there is an association with volunteerism.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Non Profit Organisations. Voluntary Sector.
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 30 May 2019 16:37
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 16:37

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