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The quality of volunteers' motives : integrating the functional approach and self-determination theory

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Güntert, Stefan ; Strubel, Isabel ; Kals, Elisabeth ; Wehner, Theo:
The quality of volunteers' motives : integrating the functional approach and self-determination theory.
In: The journal of social psychology. Bd. 156 (2016) Heft 3. - S. 310-327.
ISSN 0022-4545 ; 1940-1183

Kurzfassung/Abstract

Volunteers’ motives have been differentially linked to various aspects of successful volunteering. Using self-determination theory, we propose that volunteer functions are systematically related to the experience of self-determined versus controlled motivation. This “quality of motivation”, in turn, explains why motives are differentially associated with satisfaction. We conducted two studies: Study 1 (N1 = 824) addressed motives, quality of motivation, and satisfaction; Study 2 (N2 = 323) additionally examined function-specific benefits and the extent to which they match volunteers’ motives. Overall, our hypotheses were supported: Values, understanding, and social justice motives were positively associated with relatively self-determined motivation (RSM), whereas career, social, protective, and enhancement motives showed negative correlations. The relationships between motives and satisfaction were partially mediated by RSM. Concerning benefits, Study 2 corroborated these findings for values, protective, enhancement, and social justice. This research introduces a new perspective on the quality of volunteers’ motives - with theoretical and practical implications.

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Publikationsform:Artikel
Schlagwörter:Volunteerism; functional approach; self-determination theory; motivation; satisfaction
Institutionen der Universität:Philosophisch-Pädagogische Fakultät > Psychologie > Psychologie III - Professur für Sozial- und Organisationspsychologie
Peer-Review-Journal:Ja
Titel an der KU entstanden:Ja
Eingestellt am:16. Jun 2016 09:21
Letzte Änderung:16. Jun 2016 09:21
URL zu dieser Anzeige:http://edoc.ku-eichstaett.de/18234/