Formal volunteering as a protector of health in the context of social losses

Heejung Jang, Fengyan Tang, Ernest Gonzales, Yung Soo Lee, Nancy Morrow-Howell

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    Abstract

    This study aims to examine the effect of the death of a family member or friend on psychological well-being, specifically the moderating effects of first-time volunteering and social network. With the sample of 354 volunteers from the Experience Corps® (EC) programs, Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) estimated the differences in psychological well-being. Among volunteers who had experienced the death of a family member or friend, new volunteers showed significant improvement in positive affect compared to experienced volunteers. EC members gained additional social contacts through volunteering. Formal volunteering has a salutatory effect on older adults' health after the loss of family members.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)834-848
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
    Volume61
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 17 2018

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    Keywords

    • negative affect
    • positive affect
    • role loss
    • social contact
    • social isolation
    • Volunteering

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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    Formal volunteering as a protector of health in the context of social losses. / Jang, Heejung; Tang, Fengyan; Gonzales, Ernest; Lee, Yung Soo; Morrow-Howell, Nancy.

    In: Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Vol. 61, No. 8, 17.11.2018, p. 834-848.

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    Jang, Heejung ; Tang, Fengyan ; Gonzales, Ernest ; Lee, Yung Soo ; Morrow-Howell, Nancy. / Formal volunteering as a protector of health in the context of social losses. In: Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 2018 ; Vol. 61, No. 8. pp. 834-848.
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