Relationships Between Volunteerism and Social Responsibility in Young Volunteers

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)872-889
Journal / PublicationVoluntas
Issue number3
Online published5 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


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.

Research Area(s)

  • Social responsibility, Volunteer role identity, Volunteerism